Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are filled with nutrients that have important benefits for your body and health.
Below are 5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
1. Delivers Huge Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
Chia seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. They are filled with protein, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients.
A 28 grams or 1 ounce serving of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3’s)
Calcium: 18% of the RDA
Manganese: 30% of the RDA
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 27% of RDA
Chia seeds also contain a Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Zinc, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Potassium and Vitamin B2. Also, it contains only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate.
Combining all of the above we add one un-deniable fact that, chia seeds are a “whole grain” food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and naturally free of gluten.
2. Digestion and Detox
A diet with sufficient fiber helps in preventing constipation and in promoting regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Regular bowel movements are important for the daily excretion of toxins through the stool and bile.
3. Heart Disease Risk Decreases
Chia seeds contain 8 times as much omega-3 as compared to salmon. Omega 3 reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the book, Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs.
4. Helps in Weight Loss
Chia seeds’ have high fiber content, have high levels of omega-3-fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid, which may be useful for weight loss.
5. Stronger Bones
Just an ounce of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium.
Calcium is essential in bone health and helps in maintaining bone mass and strength. Also, chia contains boron which is another important nutrient for bone health. Boron helps in metabolizing magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and manganese, for healthy growth of muscles and bones.
How to Add More Chia Seeds Into Your Diet?
Chia seeds are easy to find in any major grocery store. They have a mild, nutty flavor and are black in color.
In its raw form, they can be sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, smoothies or oatmeal. They can also be consumed cooked, by adding into baked goods such as muffins and bread.