Chia Seeds Are a Powerhouse of Nutrition
Great for Endurance Athletes, Diabetics & Natural Weight Loss!
can have a powerful positive affect on your health! Do you want to increase your athletic endurance or stamina? Do you want to lose weight? Are you diabetic and need to carefully watch what you eat? The seed of the chia plant may be the solution you are searching for.
The seeds from the chia plant are high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. The seeds are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. They also contain calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.
In spite of all its nutrient power seeds from the chia plant is gluten free and has fewer net carbs than most other grains. A bakery owner in Wisconsin adds chia seeds to his gluten free bread with great results.
The chia plant (salvia hispanica) is a member of the mint family. Fortunately, pests and insects do not like the plant so it is easy for farmers to grow organic chia without the use of pesticides and insect sprays. Chia is grown commercially in Latin America, Australia and here in the U.S. in Southwestern Arizona.
The History of the Chia Plant
Anciently, the seeds of the chia plant were a staple food eaten by the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. The term "chia" means strength in the Mayan language. The seeds of this plant are reported to have been consumed by Aztec warriors for endurance and strength. This seed was also eaten by Aztec messengers who would carry a small pouch of these seeds with them as they ran great distances going from village to village.
This seed was so highly regarded by the Aztecs that they even used it as a medium of exchange. Chia bread was also used in some of the Aztec religious ceremonies. The Spanish "conquistadores" realizing the importance of this plant in Aztec culture did their best to destroy the chia crops whenever they found them.
Chia Seed Benefits
The seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic (hydrating). For this reason the chia seed has caught the eye of marathoners and triathletes as well as other endurance athletes.
Chia is also a great source for lowering insulin levels in the body. The seeds form a gel like substance that reduces the body's ability to absorb sugars.
In liquids, the seeds expand to nine times their normal size. As a result they make you feel fuller and as a result you eat less. Many people report losing weight after consuming the seeds on a regular basis.
Unlike flax seeds, the seeds from chia can be stored for extended periods of time without them turning rancid. In addition, they do not need to be ground to be eaten.
More Health Benefits
Listed below are more of the health benefits for these remarkable seeds.
- Low glycemic index
- Increases hydration in the body
- High protein content promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Great source of protein, especially for vegans & vegetarians
- Improves elimination
- Will give you an energy boost
How to Use Chia Seeds?
Here are some easy ways to add the seeds to your daily diet.
- Add them whole to your morning smoothie
- Sprinkle them on your salad
- Add them to the dough for rolls or home made bread. Great
for gluten free bread.
- Sprrinkle them in your yogurt or kefir
- Add them to your breakfast cereal
- Sprinkle on scambled eggs
- Eat them whole; they have a light nutty flavor
- Make a "chia fresca" by adding the whole seeds to water and lemon or orange juice.
The oil from the seeds also comes in gel caps. This is a convenient way to get the Omega 3 and Omega 6 oil your body needs. There is no after taste or digestive upset after taking chia seed supplements.
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