Nutrition experts around the globe agree that Chia seeds may be one of the healthiest super foods of the world. These nutritionally-packed seeds come from a desert plant “Salvia hispanica L” which is part of the mint family. Originally cultivated in southern Mexico it was so valued at one time that it was used as currency. Chia was considered a super food of the Aztec and Mayan cultures where they were known as the “running food”. The Chia seeds were consumed for energy and endurance for the life of a warrior where it is rumored to take as little as 1 tablespoon to sustain a person for 24 hours, but many in the western world remember them as part of a novelty item…the ‘Chia Pet’.
Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (fats that protect against inflammation and heart disease) with more fatty acids than Atlantic salmon. They are among the highest anti-oxidant of any whole food and have been shown to help keep blood pressure and blood sugar at normal levels. For bowel health they aid in regulating elimination and hydration without harsh laxatives.
Chia seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, calcium, protein and just two tablespoons a day will give you seven grams of fiber and 205 milligrams of calcium, and contains trace amounts of boron which speeds the rate at which the calcium is absorbed and used by the body. Chia contains both soluble and insoluble fiber…both needed for a healthy digestive tract. Insoluble fiber helps clean the intestinal tract and the soluble fiber can act as a prebiotic that helps feed and maintain the crucial good bacteria in your digestive system.
Chia seeds are as versatile as your imagination and can be mixed into your favorite drink, used as a topper to a healthy salad, incorporated in muffins, pancakes or your morning oatmeal.
Chia seeds are beneficial to a diabetic’s diet as they absorb so much water and slowly release energy into the bloodstream keeping blood sugar levels stable. If you leave these seeds in water, they will transform into a gelatinous substance due to the fact that each tiny seed holds 9 times it’s own weight in water and holds on to it, which creates a barrier between carbohydrates and enzymes and slows down the conversion of carbs into sugars. These miraculous seeds have been shown in double blind studies to decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol and help with weight loss. Two tablespoons a day will greatly improve your overall health.