8 Top Benefits of Chia Seeds

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As a mint family member, chia is actually one of the most nutritional ancient super-foods which can act as a great addition to your diet. Originally grown in the southwest and Mexico between 1500 & 910 BC, this seed was actually a crucial part of the Mayan and Aztec diets. They used these seeds to stimulate saliva and also relieve joint pains. These Aztec warriors used chia as a fuel source during their conquests. Chia is a great source of proteins, essential fatty acids, fibers, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, iron and calcium. Some of the benefits of chia-seeds include:

Benefits of chia seeds

1. Help stabilize your blood sugar

Chia can slow down the digestion and assimilation rate of various complex carbohydrates in your body. These seeds have soluble fiber which can stabilize your blood glucose level, leaving your with a steady and sustained energy.

2. Improve the health of your heart

These seeds can help lower your blood pressure. As much as your body cannot synthesize its own essential fatty acids, it is crucial that you get enough essential fatty acids to help support your respiratory, immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems.

3. Anti-inflammatory properties

Various arthritis patients have experienced reduced inflammation and pain after consuming these seeds for some few weeks. This is because chia seeds have high omega-3 concentration which helps lubricate your joints while keeping them supple. Omega-3 can also be converted to prostaglandins which have anti=inflammatory effects and pain relieving capabilities.

4. Add age-defying anti-oxidants into your system

Just like blue berries and other seasonal exotic fruits, chia seeds are a great source of anti-oxidants. In fact these anti-oxidants are the main reason why these seeds have a very long shelf-life. At room temperature these seeds can remain fresh & ready to be consumed for more than two years, without any preservative added to them. These anti-oxidants can help stop the free radicals, which are the main cause of inflammation and pre-mature skin aging, from damaging your entire body.

5. Help you lose weight

The essential-fatty-acids present in these seeds can help boost your metabolism while promoting lean-muscle-mass. These seeds can leave you feeling full for the entire day, thus making it easy for you to lose weight and stick to your diet without being tempted by hunger to eat during the day.

6. Boost your brain power

Essential fatty acids can help maintain and improve the functions of the various neurotransmitters and your brain’s cell membranes. The Omega-3 present in chia has DHA (docosa-hexaenoic-acid), which is used by your nervous system & your brain. Chia seeds also have EPA (elcosapentaenoic acid) which helps by reducing the low-grade inflammation, accompanying clinical depression.

7. Protect you against cancer

Various studies done suggest that chia can be quite beneficial against cancer. A certain research conducted on rats with tumors in Argentina suggested that this seed can inhibit the growth & metastasis of tumors.

8. Detoxification & elimination

Just like psyllium, an excellent detoxification seed, chia can help soothe, lubricate and cleanse your colon while absorbing various toxins from your system. These seeds can also help strengthen your peristaltic actions.

 

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