Chia Seeds

If you’ve thought about embracing a healthy diet, you’ve probably heard of chia seeds’ numerous praises. But are they really true? Let’s find out.

Nutritional Value

Chia seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals (such as magnesium, calcium & potassium), antioxidants, omega- 3 fats, fibre and protein.

Heart Health

These tiny seeds help to reduce oxidative stress thus preventing the clogging of arteries (artherosclerosis). They also lower blood pressure, regulate cholesterol and reverse inflammation due to presence of omega- 3 fats.

Bone Health

Some studies claim chia contains more calcium than milk! Calcium is critical in maintaining healthy bones. 30g of the seeds provide 18% of your daily recommended calcium intake.

Improved Digestion

High levels of dietary fibre help in preventing constipation. Chia seeds give a good dose of fibre. For best results, soak the seeds until they form a gelatinous substance before eating them. As a probiotic, chia promotes growth of healthy bacteria in your gut thus aiding digestion.

Iron

This mineral is essential in keeping our cells healthy, particularly red blood cells. Low iron levels lead to fatigue, constant low moods, slow hair growth, etc. Consuming chia seeds boost iron levels in the body.

Building Muscle 

If you’re looking to buff up, chia is the way to go. The seeds are one of the most powerful sources of plant-based protein.

B Vitamins

These seeds contain B Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin which promote good cardiovascular health.

Weight Loss

The leptin hormone in these seeds helps to regulate your appetite, so you won’t feel hungry often. This comes in handy when you’re trying to kick those cravings.

How To Use Chia

  • Chia pudding
  • Add to smoothies
  • Add to fruit salads
  • Use to thicken gravies & sauces
  • Sprinkle on yoghurt
  • Chew them dry to reduce acid reflux
  • Add to drinking water for flavour

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