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What are Chia Seeds and its Health Benefits

Posted Apr 03 2010 5:22pm

Chia seeds are versatile; they can be ground and used in baked foods or eaten as they are.  They can be added to any recipe.  Chia seeds can be made into a gel and dissolved in liquids to add fiber to your diet.

what are Chia seeds and its health benefits

What are Chia Seeds

Chia is an Aztec word meaning oily.  These seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica which is a member of the mint family.  It grows in abundance in southern Mexico. Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids.  But that is not all. They contain protein, Omega-3 oils, antioxidants, vitamins, calcium and fiber. They have very little in the way of taste and flavor which makes them easy to add to any recipe or consume alone even to people with delicate palates.

Chia Seeds and its Health Benefits

Chia seeds when eaten can provide increased energy.  They can reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and help stabilize blood glucose levels.  This tiny seed can provide you the daily requirements of fiber and vitamins.

It can help you with weight loss. After eating Chia seeds you experience a feeling of fullness which can aid you in weight control and weight loss. The natural gel forming properties of the seed are beneficial in slowing digestion which helps to keep blood glucose levels stable in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

The Chia seed is easily digested.  Some have discovered the benefit of treating acid reflux with this seed.  It has been effective in absorbing the excessive amounts of gastric acid produced in the stomach. It has a soothing and healing effect on the esophagus and stomach especially for those who suffer with gastric problems.  It is a rich mucilloid soluble fiber and it is able to provide a soothing relief to the burning pain in the stomach and esophagus while helping to heal the irritations.  In earlier times, Indians used this seed by packing it into open wounds to help prevent infection and speed up the process of healing the wound.

Chia Seeds and its Health Benefits in Providing Nutrition

The Chia seed contains 34 percent oil, 20 percent protein and 25 percent fiber.  It is thought to be the richest provider of Omega-3 fatty acids and soluble dietary fiber supplement that we can add to our diets.  The protein content of a Chia seed is enough to meet the full amount of daily protein required in our diet.  Vitamins you can receive from this tiny seed include vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and calcium.

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