Chia seeds are small black or white seeds harvested of a plant that is native to South America. Though they are yet to catch up in the Indian health food scene, they have been used for centuries in countries like Mexico for energy and endurance.
These small seeds have enviable nutritional value containing Proteins, Fiber, Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc and Vitamins A, B, E & D. Other than these, Chia seeds are packed with anti-oxidants and have negligible amount of calories and carbohydrates.
Looking at the nutrients contained, it is no wonder that these would have numerous health benefits if consumed daily.
1 . Help In Losing Weight
Besides containing almost no calories, the high water retention capabilities of Chia seeds keep you sipping water throughout the day. This will ensure you being hydrated and a feeling of being full for longer periods of time.
2 . Aid In Building Muscle
Chia seeds are one of the richest known sources of plant Proteins. Along with the minerals, this high Protein content enables one gain lean muscle fast.
3 . Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Owing to the presence of Alpha-Linolenic acid and fibre, Chia seeds have been clinically proven to halt the onset as well as cure Diabetes.
4 . Improve Heart Health
Being rich in minerals, proteins and Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, Chia seeds lowers the blood-cholesterol levels and are very good for the heart.
5 . Delay Ageing
The high anti-oxidant content of Chia seeds attack the free radicals in our body, thereby improving the overall skin condition and delaying ageing.
6 . Strengthen Bones
A single ounce of Chia seeds contain about 18% of the body’s daily Calcium needs. That is much higher than milk. This high Calcium content improves the strength of bones and skeletal mobility greatly.
7 . Improve Digestion
The high fiber content of Chia seeds improves digestion and bowel movement in the body.
WAYS TO USE CHIA SEEDS
– Chia seeds can be incorporated in our diet in a number of ways. The seeds have a very mild nutty flavor and to most tongues, is almost bland. This quality makes them versatile as they can virtually be used in anything without disturbing the taste.
-The high water retention capability of Chia seeds make them invaluable for thickening of curries, juices or smoothies, puddings, soups.
-Use these seeds to add a crunchy garnish to anything on the table.
-They can be had raw but experts say that the best way to eat Chia seeds is either by grinding the seeds or after soaking them in water for about 2 hours.
-About 2-3 teaspoons of Chia seeds daily is ideal for an adult.
So, go ahead and add this tiny yet mighty seed to your daily diet and reap the countless benefits that it has to offer. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!