Chia The Strength Giver


What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds, the member of the mint family, are known for their superlative nutritional benefits and have even been deemed a superfood. Originating in Mexico and South America, Chia seeds are said to have been used in these cultures for supernatural powers. In Mayan “chia” means “strength”. The Aztec runners used to drink a mixture of Chia seeds, lemon, and water called Iskiate. After drinking this, they are said to be able to run hundreds of miles, hence the term “Runner’s Food”.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, and several minerals. They also contain a high amount of antioxidants. When Chia seeds are added to water and allowed to sit for 15-30 minutes, they form a gel. It also reduces plasma cholesterol. The biological value of Chia is superior to cereals and it has a higher content of calcium, magnesium, and potassium than milk. Like flax seeds, Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, but unlike flaxseeds, they can be eaten whole as well as the ground. Chia seeds pair well with both sweet and savory foods, adding more crunch and texture than flavor.

Chia sprouts are used in salads, chia seed is used in beverages and cereals based foods and it can be consumed in raw form.

Benefits of Chia Seeds

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:


  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of healthy polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which are not made by the body and must be obtained from foods.

  • Of all the known food sources chia contains the highest concentration of these fatty acids.

  • The seed is appropriately known as the powerhouse of omega fatty acids.

Fibre


  • One tablespoon of chia seeds provides a total of 5 grams of fiber.

  • Soluble fiber with a healthy diet may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels without lowering HDL (good) cholesterol.

  • The presence of higher extents of fiber help in diabetes mellitus by slowing down the digestion process and release of glucose.

  • This fiber content is higher than flaxseed, and amaranth, even greater compared with other dried products.

  • Therefore, chia seed can be used in the prevention of many cardiovascular diseases and diabetes

Protein


  • Chia seeds provide 2 grams of protein per tablespoon. Protein provides amino acids that help in building and preserving body muscle and tissues.

  • The protein content of chia seed is greater than protein content of all the cereals.

  • Another unique feature of chia is that it can be digested by patients suffering from celiac disease.

Minerals


  • Chia seeds are a rich source of several minerals.

  • Calcium, phosphorous and potassium content of chia is many folds greater than wheat, rice, oats, and corn.

  • Chia contains 6 times greater iron than spinach and 2.4 times more calcium and magnesium than milk.

Anti-Oxidants


  • Recent studies have shown chia seeds are rich in antioxidants.

  • Antioxidants are substances found in foods, which inhibit oxidation in the body’s cells.

  • Studies have shown that antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

For Whom?

Cardio-Diabetes protective effects


  • Chia seeds when used on daily basis stabilized blood glucose level in diabetic patients.

  • Prevent myocardial infarction and strokes by inhibiting platelet aggregation

  • Lowers blood pressure.

  • Chia seeds help in reduction of cholesterol & inhibition of blood clotting.















Improves Digestion & Weight loss



  • The regular intake of chia may help the overweight men and women to lose weight

  • Chia is a great source of dietary fiber which is beneficial for the digestive system.





















Energy & Muscle Building


  • Chia possesses a massive potential to correct and prevent protein-energy malnutrition

  • Protein provides amino acids that help in building and preserving body muscle and tissues.

  • Consumption of high protein diet may also help to maintain body weight.


















How To Use Chia Seed?

Usage: (Dry/soaked)


  • Consume directly.

  • Sprinkle on top of salad.

  • Mix with smoothies, juices, yogurt or oatmeal.

  • A spoonful into anything is healthy - so experiment.