Chia Seeds Health Benefits

by Norm on December 18, 2011

in Diet, Nutrition

The following is an excerpt from my wife’s article

Chia Seeds: Aztec Miracle, Modern Superfood


Victoria Challancin


Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

There has been a modern revival of chia seeds, which are currently being touted as a modern “superfood.”  With good reason.  Check out the following list to see why there has been a resurgence of interest in this fascinating Aztec crop, truly a miracle food.

Why Eat Chia Seeds?
  • For Nutrition:  a complete source of dietary protein; very high in soluble fiber; contain high amounts of Omega 3 and 6 oils; have antioxidant properties
  • To Provide Energy (provide the raw materials for building flexible cell membranes to let in oxygen and nutrients and provide an easy outlet for CO2 and other cellular wastes)
  • To Boost Strength
  • To Bolster Endurance
  • To Stabilize Blood Sugar (by slowing down both the release of carbohydrates for digestion and the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar for energy, thus preventing suden spikes in blod sugar)
  • To Aid Intestinal Regularity (via the soluble fiber)
  • To Reduce Cravings (and Induce Weight Loss)
  • To Provide Easily Absorbed Dietary Fiber (this also lowers cholesterol levels and allows for the slow release of carbohydrates that produce long-term sustained energy)
  • To Improve Cardiovascular Health (due to the high levels of heart-healthy Essential Fatty Acids)
Also, Chia Seeds:
  • Contain Vitamins and Minerals: large amounts of B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and boron (Chia seeds are known to be nutrient-dense)
  • Are Digestible Without Grinding (and are quickly absorbed)
  • Have Long Shelf Life
  • Are Convenient to Use
  • Are Gluten-Free
  • Have Low Sodium Content
  • Help Retain Electrolytes (especially during physical exertion or bouts of diarrhea)

Click this link for the rest of the Chia Seeds article. You will also find more recipes and food articles as well as great photographs and travel stories.


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