Chia seeds are little black seeds that are harvested from a plant called Salvia hispanica (also called Chia), which is a member of the mint family known as Lamiaceae. Chia is native to southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Chia seeds are a rich source B vitamins, especially vitamin B1 (also known as Thiamine) and Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacin). These amazing seeds are also a great source of dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and many essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and potassium.
HERE ARE THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS!
– Control Blood Sugar
Chia gel is commonly used in desserts to slow the digestion of sugars by creating a barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes. This leads to a steady release of energy instead of sugar highs and crashes, which is very helpful for diabetics.
– Keep you Hydrated
Chia seeds can help you absorb a large amount of water and retain electrolytes, which is especially important for athletes and active children.
– Easy to Digest
Chis seeds are easily digested and absorbed by the digestive tract.
– Cleanse the Intestines
Chia seeds clean old debris out of your digestive tract. They can be also used to prevent and treat constipation.
Chia seeds are gluten-free which makes them an important source of fiber and protein for everyone. You can replace wheat, barley, rye, and oats with chia seeds.
· Other benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds also promote weight loss by fighting insulin resistance, which is linked to increased belly fat. They also contain an amino acid known as Tryptophan, which helps regulate the appetite and promotes better sleep. These fantastic seeds can also help you lower the LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) and raise the HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).
How to Use Chia Seeds!
Chia seeds can be used in pudding, baked goods, and salads. They can be part of almost every meal. The seeds are also hydrophilic, which means that they absorb liquid and create a gel. We recommend you to make your own chia gel by soaking 1/3 cup of seeds in 2 cups of water, and letting it sit in a sealed glass container overnight. This gel can last for 3 weeks in the fridge.
Chia gel can be used on its own or mixed with food.