Why chia seeds are a necessary ingredient of a good diet?

There are numerous benefits to be realized when taking Chia. From my experience, I would have to start by saying the greatest overall value of Chia’s unique profile is its unique synergy between the structural integrity and nutritional properties. It is the combined benefits that make Chia seeds one of the, if not the, most important food/ingredient of a good diet.

Here are some of the reasons behind incorporating chia seeds in every good diet

Reson 1: Structural Integrity (soluble & insoluble fiber)

Soaking Chia creates a gelatinous effect that offers a host of benefits. The gel is believed to act as a barrier, slowing the absorption of enzymes into the foods eaten with Chia, creating an environment for better assimilation of food, supporting an increased uptake of available nutrients, as well as ensuring a healthy elimination. Slowing down the conversion of sugars, carbohydrates, and starches supports a healthy blood sugar level which is great for diabetics as well as athletes and anyone eating a high intake of these foods. The gelatinous fibers hold the water throughout the digestive tract, extending hydration (electrolyte balance) for increased energy and endurance, great for all athletes and active lifestyles. Additionally, soaking Chia seeds for up to 24 hours will increase the antioxidant value making Chia an excellent source of anti-oxidants.

Reason 2: Omega-3 (ALA – Alpha-Linolenic Acid)

ALA, I believe is the most essential of the Omega-3 fatty acids. I say this because we need to ingest ALA in the foods we eat, unlike EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil are the most recognizable source of Omega-3. Fish develop their rich Omega-3 EPA and DHA profile from eating plankton and other sources of ALA and convert the ALA into EPA and DHA. Likewise, when we eat ALA Omega-3, we, also, convert it into EPA and DHA.

One of the essential fatty acid’s (EFA) benefits, vital to our overall health and well-being, is their function for creating a variety of chemicals called “eicosanoids” that regulate a broad spectrum of the body’s health-supporting processes. One important eicosanoid group is “prostaglandins.” These are highly active biological substances that can only be produced from EFA. Prostaglandins are extremely vital to human life, and operate in most tissues of the body to regulate almost every body function.

The benefits are endless, and scientists are continuing to discover many other regulatory functions of the prostaglandins. They work with hormones, like insulin, which are released directly into the blood stream, regulating a broad function throughout the body. The prostaglandins translate the directives of hormones into localized instructions, addressing local cells and tissues. Effectively, prostaglandins implement hormonal function on an important local level in addition to carrying out their broader regulatory activities. Without the prostaglandin balances acting within our body, we would be vulnerable to illness.

Reason 4: Chia Seeds Rich Calcium Profile with the Mineral Boron (deficient in most American diets), which is also present in Chia:

Boron is essential for the absorption and utilization of calcium in the body. Chia contains more than 5 times the amount of calcium of milk. Chia’s rich calcium profile, along with magnesium (vital for utilizing calcium efficiently and effectively), and the mineral boron which acts as a catalyst for the absorption and utilization of calcium, make Chia a viable and bio-available source of calcium. Milk is used as a measuring stick for calcium because it is widely recognized as a calcium source in the American diet. However, what is less known is that the highest rates of “Osteoporosis” are found in countries with the highest consumption of dairy products.

The reason for the proliferation of osteoporosis in these regions of high dairy food consumption is their concentration of protein, which requires more calcium than they provide in order to be digested, resulting in leeching calcium from the bones.

Some other reasons why chia seeds should be an essential ingredient of a good diet

Chia seeds are good for athletes

Chia seeds are traditionally known as “The Indian Running Food” because of their ability to retain and extend hydration and to support electrolyte balance, which is especially critical for long distant runners and other endurance athletes.

When we exert ourselves through activities that cause us to sweat, we begin to lose our extra-cellular fluids, which is where electrolytes travel through the body. When this happens, our bodies compensate by drawing intracellular fluids to keep the electrolytes charged. When these conversions occur, the loss of intercellular fluids cause cell death, and this is what runners refer to as “hitting the wall,” meaning there is no more electrolyte activity or, simply put, no more energy.

Another benefit for fueling energy in our body when we eat Chia is the seeds’ digestive properties, slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars. Carbohydrates/sugars produce fuel for energy, and by slowing down their conversion it, in effect, extends their fueling effects. This diminishes the surges of the highs and lows caused by the rapid sugar absorption extending their fueling effects.

Chia can benefit men and/or women with sexual dysfunction or impotency

As most men know, as we get older, many of us experience a condition called “benign prostatic hypertrophy,” better

known as enlarged prostate gland. The condition interferes with sleep because the prostate often swells to the point where it presses on the urethra, with the result that it will wake men frequently at night to urinate. Being tired could diminish men’s sexual drive but, more importantly, the enlarged prostate gland condition can also interfere with sexual potency. Studies have shown that taking an Omega-3 supplement reduces the inflammation, thus alleviating the symptoms. The added benefit, mentioned in the physician’s published article, was that one of the men in the study believed the addition of Omega-3 in his diet saved him from imminent prostate surgery.

Therefore, Chia seed’s high Omega-3 fatty acids and high-density antioxidant profile can be very beneficial for men of all ages and protect their reproductive system from inflammation and disease.

Another interesting fact was reported by several women who ate chia seeds before having sex. They found their vaginal moisture was extended significantly when taking the hydrated seed formula. Chia seeds are an all natural blend of benefits that provide constant energy and nutrition.