ChaChaChia!!! Who would have thunk it? Something so silly being such powerful tool in health. Chia seeds are a South American super food that are packed with protein and loaded with Omega fatty acids. They are considered one of highest sources of Omega 3 found in a plant (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon! When I began my journey of health, the chia seed was my first research project.
I was first introduced to chia seeds from my cousin, Alex, who is also a health advocate, he had just finished reading a book call 'Born To Run'. We were both fascinated to read about this ancient Indian tribe called the Tarahumara who are known as Ultra Marathon runners, meaning able to run 100+ miles in one session. They also do this running barefoot! The tribe's primary diet was a topic of discussion and chia seeds were one of the top foods consumed! They are known to load up on chia just before battle, hunts, or sport running events. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy, in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
This incredible super food has been found to help manage blood sugar levels because it is mostly fiber. The sugar content of most breads and grains can spike sugar levels but chia seeds are an excellent alternative for people who are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes. Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar and this leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
Chia seeds contain more calcium than dairy products, so, if you’re looking to strengthen your bones, this is a food without the high fat content associated with consuming dairy products. They also contain other minerals that are essential to your health such as Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper. They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel. They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body. There's also evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
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