Chia seeds are edible and are obtained from the desert plant called Salvia hispanica, grown widely in Mexico going back to the Aztec and Mayan cultures. In these cultures, the civilization widely consumed chia (meaning – strength) seeds as it was considered as a great energy booster. Chia seeds are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and also have several other nutritional values. As compared to flax seeds, chia seeds are more beneficial in terms of being an abundant source of antioxidants and also the fact that they don’t disintegrate soon and can be stored for longer periods without getting stale. Besides, chia seeds do not have to be necessarily ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds are unprocessed, whole-grain food which is easily absorbed by the body as seeds. Approximately one ounce of chia seeds comprises of 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of fiber, 139 calories, and minerals and vitamins. Packaged chia seeds market is categorized based on the color of the chia seed such as white, black and brown. Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor which makes them easy to be added to any beverages and foods. These seeds have gained immense popularity amongst health conscious people and these seeds are often sprinkled on vegetables, cereal, yogurt, sauces, and also mixed in baked goods and drinks. Chia can also be mixed with water and converted into a gel. Chia also contains nutritional facts such as magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, niacin, molybdenum, and zinc. Moreover, it also contains fatty-acids linoleic aci and alpha-linolenic, strontium, Vitamins A, B, E and D.
A few benefits of Chia seeds:
Skin and aging – as already mentioned that chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, and these are known to fasten the repair system of the skin and prevent any kind of further damage. Consuming chia seeds can avoid premature skin aging because of inflammation free radical damage.
Cardiac health – it has the capability to reverse inflammation, and regularize cholesterol and lowers the pressure of the blood and thereby makes it extremely beneficial for heart’s health. Moreover, by reversing stress, an individual is less probable to develop atherosclerosis.
Digestive health – Since chia seeds are high in fiber, wherein just one serving can render the recommended fiber intake for a day, it balances the insulin levels of the body. The high dietary fiber in the chia boosts bowel regularity and healthy stool. Also, chia helps people feel full quicker since it absorbs a substantial amount of water and immediately expand inside the stomach.
Strong bones – one ounce of chia seeds has almost 18% of calcium which is almost the daily recommended intake. Also, chia consists of boron which is another essential nutrient for the bone’s health.