Chia Seeds are grown in Mexico and South America. Mayan and Aztec cultures used chia seeds because they were known to have supernatural powers. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
These tiny black, brown, gray and white seeds are an excellent source of you Omega 3 fatty acids. They help in raising your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. They also have almost no flavor to them, which makes them nice to add to beverages and food. If you do taste a flavor, it may have a slightly nutty flavor.
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, high in protein, have vitamins A, B, E and D. Chia seeds are also full of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, thiamine and more.
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food for energy. Free radicals can damage cells, weaken the immune system and may help in getting heart disease, arthritis, cancer and other diseases.
DoctorsHealthPress.com suggest for various age groups the amount listed below:
- Adults can eat 15 to 20 grams (approximately two to three tablespoons) of chia seeds, whole or ground, per day. This will provide the daily requirement for needed omega-3s.
- Adults can eat 15 to 20 grams (approximately two to three tablespoons) of chia seeds, whole or ground, per day. This will provide the daily requirement for omega-3s.
- Children and teens from ages 10 to 18 can eat up to 10 grams of chia seeds per day.
- Children under 10 should not eat more than a tablespoon of chia seeds.
Chia seeds are gluten-free. They can also be digested in the whole form without having to ground them for your body to absorb them better.
Chia seeds are good for helping regulate insulin levels.
Chia Seeds are great for making you feel full. What happens is the seeds have a gelling property that when added to anything can make you feel fuller than you are.
Chia Seeds are also loaded with fiber. And we know that a high-fiber diet can prevent chronic diseases.
Calcium can be hard on some people to ingest through dairy products. Chia Seeds are just another alternative to getting the calcium you need.
Essential oils in chia leaves have repellent properties against insects, making it suitable for organic cultivation.
“Chia Seeds can absorb up to 27 times their weight in water”, said study author Dr. Rebecca Rawl, from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., People with a history of swallowing problems or esophageal issues, should definitely let them soak in a drink to fully expand prior to drinking.
Chia Seeds may bloat, constipate and give you stomach cramps.