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Chia Seeds Health Benefits

The following is an excerpt from my wife’s article

Chia Seeds: Aztec Miracle, Modern Superfood

by

Victoria Challancin

flavorsofthesun.blogspot.com

 

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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  • Byron Boyd September 14, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Hi Norman,

    Just found your video on YouTube re:Heal Your Neck Now!

    Really enjoyed the simple exercises, and plan on using them

    to treat my pain there. So thank you for publishing that.

    Also noticed that your wife wrote an article about “Chia Seeds Health

    Benefits” and wanted to let her know (I’m sure she knows) that Hemp

    Seeds also have many health benefits that are hard to find in any other

    source.

    Jai Guruji-

  • Norm September 16, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Bryon, Welcome to my website. Since everything is connected in yoga, you will benefit with my “Hands, Shoulders, Upper Back, Chest, Wrists, Fingers – VIDEO” also for healing your neck pain.

    I passed your comments on to my wife and you guessed right. She already knows a great deal about Hemp Seeds.

    If you have the desire, I will be happy to hear how you progress with your neck healing. Please let me know if I may be of help.

    Namasté and Jai Guru,
    Norman

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