Tiny Seeds With Explosive Health Benefits
If your like me the first time I ever heard the word Chia, was the Chia pet commercials advertised on television. I often wondered since I started eating Chia seeds if it was the same seeds used in those Chia Pets and yes they were.
The Chia seeds were a prized food used by the Aztecs and Mayans. These tiny seeds were known for the great source of energy they provided. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength.
Chia Seeds are a tiny seeds with explosive health benefits. Chia seeds are one of natures richest antioxidants. One of the many benefits of antioxidant rich foods is slowing down the signs of ageing.
Many of us could stop with that, right? Antioxidants also may play a role in disease prevention such as cancer and heart disease among providing many other health benefits.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber providing 11 grams per once. High fiber diets may protect against type 2 diabetes as fiber is essential for balancing insulin levels.
If you are looking for nutrient dense foods to add to your diet for your weight loss goals Chia seeds are a simple addition.
They keep you feeling full longer, therefore may help with your appetite. Chia seeds are also a great source of plant based protein and can replace some of the nutrients lost in exercise, in addition to preventing dehydration.
Chia seeds are not only noted to help boost metabolism, but may help reduce belly fat as well. They can help regulate bowel movements and promote healthy stool.
A surprise to me was finding out that Chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and the best part is they are so easy to add to your diet! Omega 3’s can help lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and reduce inflammation.
Consuming a diet high in plant based foods is noted for reducing the risk of disease and supporting overall health.
5 Simple WaysTo Use Chia Seeds
1. Add to cereal, yogurt, or oatmeal.
2. Make your own cereal using your favorite nuts, seeds, and fruits with some almond milk
3. Add to your salads
4. Add to your favorite juice or smoothie recipe
5. Add to any pancake, muffin, or dessert recipes
Be sure to check out Dr. Axe article for further information on the benefits and uses of Chia seeds.
Have you used Chia seeds? If so, share your favorite use for them!
To your health,
sources: Web MD, Dr, Axe, Medical News Today, Science Daily 2007
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