Chia is a flowering plant of the mint family which is indigenous to Guatemala and Mexico. Chia’s popularity as a superfood continues to rise because of its positive health effects that include lowering bad cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, and boosting energy.
Why Add Chia seeds in your Diet
- The wonder seeds have the ability to slow down digestion and are being studied as possible treatment for type 2 diabetes.
- The seeds are packed with beneficial omega 3 fatty acids which is important for brain health and cognitive function.
- Chia seeds contain manganese which is good for the bones and it also aids the body in using biotin and thiamin (two essential nutrients). One serving of the seeds is equivalent to 30% of the recommended manganese intake.
- The seeds can be a great source of protein especially for vegetarians and vegans. The 28-gram serving of these seeds has 4.4 grams of protein which is almost 10% of the per day value.
- It is recommended to include twenty to thirty five grams of fiber in your everyday diet. Most individuals can only consume half of the recommended amount. Chia seeds can provide nearly fifty percent of the daily fiber intake to aid digestion and weight loss.
- The seeds expand in your stomach, making you feel satisfied with the small amount of food that you ate. They can help you cut down your caloric intake. However it is best to pre-soak your Chia seeds before adding them to juices or smoothies.
- Chia can help build your bones. Eighteen percent of the recommended intake of calcium can be provided in one ounce of chia seeds.
- Chia can improve blood pressure and boost good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol levels – definitely good for your heart.
- The seeds contain 27% of daily phosphorus intake. Your body needs phosphorus to synthesize protein and it can help your body repair itself.
- Chia can improve your mood and help you gain better sleep. If the body is well rested then all good things will start to take effect.
- Chia has more calcium than milk; more Vitamin C than citrus fruits; more iron than spinach; and twice the potassium of a banana. It is packed with all the good stuff that your body needs to function well.
Act now and include chia seeds in your diet starting today.
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