The Many Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds

The Many Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds

by Tara

Many people are now trying to take advantage of the nutritional benefits of chia seeds by consuming the seeds as a regular part of their diet. If you are thinking about adding these potent little seeds to your diet as well you may be wondering what all the buzz around chia seeds is about. Let me first start by giving you a little history on these nutritious and tasty seeds.

The chia seeds were used by the Aztecs and were called by them “running seeds” this is because messengers would carry these seeds in little pouches as their means of nourishment when they need to deliver urgent messages to far away places. Since then the seeds have been eaten in a variety of other ways. It has been used to make a gel and the leaves of the plant can be cooked an eaten as a vegetable as well.

Though these seeds are so tiny they are very high in nutrition, and that is why so many people are consuming them; to get the nutritional benefits of chia seeds. Here are some of the nutritional benefits of these seeds;

  • The seeds are high in fiber which contributes to weight loss as well as a healthier digestive system while giving you more regular bowel movements.
  • The seeds are also good for lowering blood cholesterol levels
  • They are good for normalizing blood sugar levels
  • And can reduce and prevent hypertension.
  • They contain a complete protein profile as they have all the essential amino acids.
  • They are high in minerals and vitamins that are essential to the normal functioning of the body such as the B vitamins, and minerals such a s calcium, iron, manganese and a number of others.
  • They have eight times the omega 3 fatty acids of salmon.
  • They have triple the amount of antioxidants that are found in blueberries.
  • They contain triple the amount of iron found in spinach
  • They have 6 times the calcium you get from drinking whole milk

There are many benefits to eating chia seeds and no matter your race or age you can benefit from it. Start adding it to your diet today; it has a mild taste so it isn’t one of those foods that need you to get accustomed to its taste. It is also very versatile and so can be served with pretty much any dish. Start enjoying the nutritional benefits of chia seeds today by consuming chia seeds as a regular part of your daily diet.

 

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