Chia seed is the old-new health food. Nutrient-packed and exceptionally beneficial to health, this tiny seed was used as a staple high-energy, protein-rich food by the Indians and the Aztecs. Recently, it has been rediscovered and you can find it proudly displayed on a shelf of your local health food store. Why should you buy it?
Chia Seeds can help you feel full after eating less food. The seed is able to absorb 12 times its weight in water. If you mix some Chia seeds with some water and come back after 30 minutes, you’ll notice the mixture becoming gel-like. The same action happens in your stomach. The fiber and the gelling of the seed keeps you feeling fuller longer, therefore replacing the calories you’d normally eat with water.
Chia gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down in the stomach, therefore slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. This action stabilizes metabolic changes, reducing the highs and the lows of blood sugar.
Chia is packed with soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber sweeps the intestine, keeping the waste products moving. Soluble fiber irrigates the bowels, making digestion easier. Fiber-rich diet also helps reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Long chain triglycerides can remove cholesterol off of artery walls, but only when eaten in the right proportion. Chia seeds have these long chain triglycerides in the right proportion.
By weight, the chia seed is 23% complete protein. Chia’s protein is easily digestible, which is beneficial for athletes, children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating women. The seed contains one and a half to two times the protein concentrations of grains.
Richest vegetarian source for the essential omega-3 fatty acid
Chia seed is rich in the unsaturated linoleic fatty acid. Chia sees also contain beneficial long-chain triglycerides (LCT) in the right proportion that can help reduce cholesterol on arterial walls. Unsaturated fatty acids help transport oxygen by the blood stream to all cells, tissues, and organs, therefore keeping the body at its optimal condition. Unsaturated fatty acids also help lubricate cells and keep them together (with the help of cholesterol.) Additionally, unsaturated fatty acids are essential for optimal adrenal and thyroid functioning. They nourish the skin, the nerves and the mucous membranes. The unsaturated fatty acids also cooperate with vitamin D to assist in the assimilation of phosphorus, to make calcium available to bodily tissues, and to turn carotene into vitamin A.
The Chia seed is not only rich in calcium, but also in boron, which helps the body to absorb and utilize the calcium.
Chia seed can absorb more than 12 times its weigh in water. The absorption of nutrients and body fluid regulation becomes easier with Chia.
A lot of people with gastric issues and those who are not able to tolerate certain foods, especially raw fruits and vegetables, have reported great success, after using Chia gel regularly.
The Aztecs used Chia gel to treat their wounds in order to avoid infections and promote haling.
Placing a seed or two in your eyes should clean your eyes and help to clear up infections.
Let me know if you know of more benefits of Chia. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you how to use Chia.