Derived from a plant scientifically known as Salvia hispanica, chia seeds are tiny, black, and related to the mint. These seeds were a vital food source for the Mayans and the Aztecs. Chia seeds provide continuous energy. The word “chia” even means “strength” in Mayan. These seeds provide healthy nutrients that give your brain and body the boost that they need. Here are the health benefits of chia seeds well-supported by scientific studies:
- Full of antioxidants. Cell damage often leads to diseases and aging. Chia seeds are also full of antioxidants that protect your body from cell damage that free radicals cause.
- Low in calories but rich in nutrients. The following nutrients are found in every 28-gram serving (2 tablespoons) of chia seeds:
• 27% RDI of phosphorus
• 11 grams of fiber
• 30% RDI of magnesium
• 4 grams of protein
• 30% RDI of manganese
• 9 grams of fat
• 18% RDI of calcium
• Vitamin B3 or niacin
• Vitamin B1
• Vitamin B2
This amount of chia seeds provides a gram of carbohydrates and 137 calories.
- The elevated protein and fiber content may also help in weight loss. When you consume chia seeds, you get a lot of soluble fiber, which absorbs water. This expands inside your stomach, allowing it to absorb food better and make you feel full longer. Glucomannan is the soluble fiber in chia seeds. It helps reduce the intake of food and decreases appetite as well.
- Aids in reducing blood glucose levels. Untreated Type II diabetes yields high FBS (fasting blood sugar) levels. Chronic diseases spring up if FBS is consistently high. Chia seeds enhance the control of blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. They are beneficial for people with Type II diabetes.
Chia seeds are tiny seeds that you can add to your diet easily. Just sprinkle them on your soups, salads, sauces, rice, porridge, and smoothies. These seeds can help you lose weight and reduce inflammation.
When it comes to superfoods, you can be sure chia seeds will serve your body and brain well.