Chia seeds are incredible little things. The reason chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. The great thing is that they are easy to eat & taste delish, (which I will show you how in my chia pudding recipe below).
But first, let me share with you 6 amazing benefits of including chia seeds into your diet.
Skin & Aging
Recent research has shown that chia seeds are one of nature’s riches high-antioxidant foods. Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage. Eating chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation and can reduce up to 70% of free radical activity and damage.
Due to their very high anti-oxidant levels as mentioned above, and linoleic acid, Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make them a heart health MUST when wanting to keep your little pump going strong!
The linoleic acid, is a fatty acid that helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. For such a tiny seed, chia is quite high in healthy fats, boasting more omega-3s than salmon. Omega-3s work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation. Inflammation can put strain on blood vessels and cause heart disease.
Blood sugar and diabetes
With the high fibre and alpha-linolenic acid, adding chia seeds to your meals can help regulate blood sugar and improve the absorption of important nutrition that help fight dreaded diseases like diabetes.
One tablespoon of chia seeds packs a whopping 5 grams of fiber—about 20 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake. (By contrast, the same amount of brown rice contains just .2 grams of fiber.)
Chia seeds are high in phosphorus and magnesium—two minerals that can help keep our bones healthy. They are also high in calcium! Just one ounce of chia seeds has about 18 percent of the recommended daily amount of calcium. Calcium is fundamental in bone health and helps maintain bone strength and mass.
Chia also contains boron, which is another essential nutrient for bone health. Boron helps metabolize calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus for healthy growth of bones and muscles.
All these minerals are found as a WHOLE & work TOGETHER to enhance the absorption and metabolising of them in the body, therefore making them 100x more effective that taking isolated vitamins and minerals.
Build lean muscle and boost the metabolism
Chia seeds are one of the top plant-based sources of protein. This is another reason this super food is great to consume for those trying to put on lean muscle, burn fat and balance blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds pack a powerful antioxidant punch to help replace some of those nutrients lost when exercising. They’re high in essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and niacin.
Because chia seeds are high in zinc, they help your body increase leptin. Leptin is a key hormone that regulates appetite, how your body spends energy and regulates your energy levels. It also improves stamina and endurance, making chia a great source of nutrition if you’re looking to get in shape.
Including even just 1 tbsp in your day (like the recipe below) will boost your bodies lean muscle and metabolism (…..ps, you will still need to keep the rest of your diet healthy & fresh. Just adding chia seeds but still eating other junk won’t help the cause 😉
Can help fight and prevent breast and cervical cancer.
Chia seeds are rich in alpha lipoic acid (or ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid. ALA is an essential fatty acid; because your body can’t produce it on its own, you have to consume it from food.
Researchers have found that ALA could cause cell death of the cancer cells without harming the normal healthy cells. While more research still needs to be done to find out the deeper implications of ALA on other types of cancer, this is a great discovery for women struggling with these increasingly common types of cancer.
This just proves how important to eat FRESH whole and varied plant based foods because each one has a special and unique benefit to the body and together they form the “in-house” doctor to obtaining incredible vitality!!!
So back to that creamy chia pudding recipe, here are the ingredients:
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp hearts (from synerchi organics….see below)
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut flour (or shredded coconut)
¼ cup water
Place all the ingredients, except the blue berries, into your favourite breakfast jar(i.e. any recycled jar that is a good size 😉
Mix well and allow to stand for 15min.
Once done, top with your fresh berries and enjoy! You can be really fancy and place kiwi fruit on the side of another jar, and then pour your creamy mixture in before finishing it off with berries. There are so many options, you’ll never get bored!!!
TIP: make it the night before. It will be super creamy and excuse free to always having a breakfast available.
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