Chia Seeds were the superfood of the Aztecs and have amazing health and skin benefits. And they are also are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Chia Seeds Contain
- 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain
- 5 times the calcium of milk
- 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- High levels of anti-oxidants such as chlorogenic and caffeic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols.
- And, of course, a lot of omega-3 fatty acids (Over 50% of the chia oil).
Chia seeds were originally used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Southwest Native Americans as an energy supplement. Chia actually means strength in Mayan. In Mexico they say that one tablespoon of chia seeds can sustain a person for 24 hours.
Absorb and Retain Water
Chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic, meaning they absorb large amounts of water. They can hold 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies.
Due to the exceptional water-absorption quality of chia, it can help you prolong hydration and retain electrolytes, especially during exercise.
Chia seed protein contains no gluten. This makes it ideal for anyone with a gluten sensitivity or simply wanting to find a replacement for gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats.
The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel helps prevent some of the food, hence calories, that we eat from getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry.
Slow Sugar Absorption
Chia slows the impact of sugars on the system, if eaten together. This is because Chia gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. This means more endurance as the energy from the seeds is released steadily.
Chia is Easy to Use.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw as a dietary fiber and omega 3 supplement. Or you can sprinkle them on cereals or porridges, or ideally, soaked in a small amount of water until they gel (about ten minutes) and then mixed with a small amount of water or lemon juice and drunk straight. This is known as chia fresca. You can also mix the gel into a smoothies, pancakes, or anything you want. The opportunities to enjoy chia and benefit from this amazing food, are endless.