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Health Benefits of Chia Seed
The chia seed is a very healthy seed and is quickly becoming a very popular
health food. What makes this seed such a healthy addition to the daily diet?
Could it be true? Could the Chia Seed be healthier than the Flax Seed? With
the popularity of Flax Seed Oil and the sales of all Flax products soaring
in health food stores across America, the flax market has some new
competition. Look out flax; there is a new seed in town!
What makes the Chia Seed the super food that many claim it to be?
30% of the chia seed's oil is Omega 3 oil. 40% of its oil is Omega 6 oil.
This provides the nice balance those who take supplemental Essential Fatty
Acids are looking for. The chia seed's substantially dense percentage in
alpha-linolenic fatty acid also makes this seed a healthy dietary source of
You do not need to grind the Chia Seeds to digest it. It is a relatively
easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not. Often, one has to grind
flax seeds to be able to process them in their digestive system. That is not
the case with chia seeds.
The chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic.
Being hydrophilic means it absorbs large amounts of water. Chia Seeds can
absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great enhancer in
hydrating our bodies. They absorb the water we drink holding it in our
Studies show that eating chia seed slows down how fast our bodies convert
carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe
that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics
The chia seed gels when becoming wet and this gel, when in our digestive
systems, helps prevent some of the food, hence calories that we eat from
getting absorbed into our system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes
the chia seed a great diet helper. Eating the seeds also helps dieters by
making them feel fuller faster so they will be less hungry!
Chia seeds provide antioxidant activity
Chia is a great addition to a detoxification program. Chia seeds are high in
fiber and in healthy oils making them an excellent addition to many detox
Mix Chia seeds into yogurt, sprinkle them on cereal in the morning, add to
salads, or even add them to your baking. There are many ways to add chia
seeds into your daily routine!
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