The Benefits of Chia Seeds.
My research on chia seeds shows that they are one of the true superfoods with many health benefits. These tiny little seeds have become very popular in recent years. Due to this popularity, I decided to find out how these seeds affect your health.
- When you soak chia seeds they absorb the liquid and form a gel. This gel when eaten helps keep you full, thus limiting the amount of food you consume. It helps stop binges, so they are good for staying on a diet.
- Chia seeds are a complete plant-based protein: this means they contain all 9 omega fatty acids, Our body can’t produce all of these.
- They are prebiotic, which makes them very beneficial to the health of your digestive tract. Prebiotics are necessary for probiotics to work properly.
- These tiny seeds are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which is an essential nutrient to keep your skin looking young. It helps with skin regeneration at any age.
- Containing 19-23% protein by weight, they have more protein than any other seeds.
- The seeds contain 30% of your daily requirement of Calcium and 30% of daily Magnesium requirement. These are both critical to your bone health. Your system is constantly getting rid of ‘bad’ bone cells and rebuilding new cells. Osteoporosis is caused when the bad cells are removed, but you do not have the nutrients to rebuild new stronger cells. I won’t go into the molecular biological systems that do this, but they do require proper nutrition to function.
- Chia seeds when soaked form a gel, this substance helps block the absorption of carbohydrates. Helping you feel full longer. The carbs are digested slowly, keeping your system from absorbing the sugars in carbs too quickly, this helps to regulate your blood sugar levels.
- They absorb nine-time their weight in liquids, keeping you hydrated.
- If you have heart disease, blurred vision, or suffer from numbness, studies show that alpha-linolenic can help. Chia seeds have this in a greater amount than any other seeds or grains.
- Trace amounts of all B Vitamins can be found in these seeds. Larger percentages of B-1 Thiamine 29%, B-2 Riboflavin 2% and B-3 Niacin 13%, are also present.
- 100 g or 3.5 oz of Chia seeds contain more Calcium than an 8 oz glass of milk.
- Chia seeds are high in fibre 100 g, have 34.4 g of fibre.
- Baran which has been depleted from our soil, it is essential to obtain it through food sources such as chia seeds. All our cells are constantly being replaced. Baran is necessary for the utilization of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. These are needed for our bone and muscle growth. Baran also helps maintain estrogen levels.
Daily Intake of Chia Seeds
The recommended amount of Chia Seeds is 1-6 TBS/day. However, research shows that you should start with a tsp/day and increase this amount slowly. Every week or two you could increase the amount. Listen to your body, if you have any problems on a higher level drop back to the previous level. Do not feel you have to follow the 1-6 TBS/day. These are only recommendations.
Problems with taking Chia Seeds
Chia seeds which have been soaked offer very few problems. It is not recommended that you eat dry seeds, as they can absorb the saliva in your mouth and throat and cause choking.
Constipation, gas, or diarrhea may also be problems consult your Dr. Af you experience any of these symptoms.
People Who Should Not Take Chia Seeds
If you have any of these conditions consult your Doctor first.
Diabetics – an adjustment to your medication and/or diet may be required.
People on Blood Thinners – Chia Seeds are a natural Blood Thinner.
People on Blood Pressure Medication – Chia Seeds lower blood pressure.
If you have low blood pressure. These seeds may lower your blood pressure too much.