What are chia seeds and what are the benefits?


    What are chia seeds and what are the benefits?

  • 1 What are chia seeds and where do they come from?

    Chia seeds are small black seeds that come from a plant in South America, Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint plant.

  • 2 Loaded with nutrients

    28 grams (1 oz) contains 11 g of fiber, 4 g protein, 5 g Omega 3 fats, 18% daily calcium, 30% manganese, 30% magnesium, 27% phosphorus, among others.

  • 3 Contains antioxidants

    Chia seeds have several antioxidants that help promote overall health by combating free radicals that are created by metabolism. Free radicals can cause physical damage to cells and eventually may lead to illnesses. They also disrupt pathways in the cells which can cause delays in repair mechanisms

  • 4 Most of the carbs in chia seeds are insoluble

    This means that most of the carbs that chia seeds contain are fiber! In 28 g, there are 12 g of carbs in total. However, only 1 g of that is soluble or digestible, the other 11 g are considered insoluble or fiber. Fiber is important for a healthy digestive system and for weight loss.

  • 5 High in protein

    Compared to other plants, chia seeds hold one of the highest protein content by weight which is 14%. High protein content is useful for body building and for reducing appetite for weight loss.

  • 6 More Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Salmon

    Per weight, chia seeds have more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega 3s are good for heart health, overall reduction of inflammation, and may help increase good cholesterol levels.

  • 7 Helps with blood sugar regulation and diabetes

    Because chia seeds mainly contain insoluble carbohydrates, blood sugar does not increase rapidly when chia seeds are ingested. In fact, chia seeds help regulate blood sugar and helps decrease the drastic spikes and falls in blood sugar which is important for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

  • 8 Good for the bones

    As stated earlier, chia seeds contain calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus in considerable amounts. All of these minerals are beneficial for bone health.

  • 9 Helps lose weight

    As a supplement to foods, chia seeds can help curb appetite and can help feel full sooner. This is because of the fiber and protein content explained earlier. In tandem, these two components aid in weight loss without a major change in one’s diet.