Chia seeds- health from Aztecs

The powerful health improving properties of chia seeds were well known to the ancient civilization of Mayas and Aztecs. And not without the reason, they are after all known to be a superfood today.

Chia seeds have high nutritional value. They are a great plant source of healthy fats. Majority of fatty acids found in chia seeds are polyunsaturated fatty acids and includes omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid and omega 6 alpha linoleic acid. This two are essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized in the human body and are precursors of EPA and DHA. Moreover, the perfect ratio of omega 6’s to omega 3’s is said to be 4-5:1 but because of overconsumption of omega 6’s it is not recommended. In chia, this ratio is 0.32-0.35 which means that daily consumption of chia’s will help you balance out omega 6’s consumption.

What about protein?

Well, chia seeds are an amazing source of protein. They contain 16-26% of protein.  They are naturally gluten-free so should be save for those suffering from coeliac disease. Not only that they contain 18 amino acids and in that 7 exogenous which are considered to be indispensable.- Protein-rich plant source.
But the proteins in chia will do more than just help to build that muscles that we all want. The dominant amino acid in chia is glutamic acid. This scientifically looking name was prescribed to the amino acid that is responsible for proper brain functioning. Do something for this brain and muscle functioning and add a bit of chia to your oats.

Fibre

Majority of the world population is deficient in fibre. Chia seeds contain 23-41% of fibre. It is 4x more than almonds or soy. It means that they will not only help you get sh*t done but also provide you with health benefits. Due to the high fibre content chia’s are said to have a huge potential in preventing/treatment digestive and circulatory system diseases, diabetes, colorectal cancer, kidney stones and metabolic disorders

Minerals

Not only chia’s are an amazing source of vitamins such as B vitamins including folic acid but also have a high content of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Maybe some of you drink milk to make sure your bones are healthy. – Well, I don’t think it’s a good way to make sure of that. Chia’s contain 6x more calcium 11x more phosphorus and 4x more potassium than Milk and they are free from all the hormones that may be found in milk.

For those of you who are concern more about health chia’s have high antioxidant content which is great in preventing neurological diseases, cancers, aging and heart diseases.
They have been shown to control lipid metabolism and increase performance of athletes- you know what it means?- Pushing harder on your training and more gains 😊

And for all you that are looking for a good idea for breakfast, they have been shown to increase short-term satiety – Help in appetite control.

How to eat them?

Have you tried adding them to oatmeal?
Try it.
Or simply sprinkle some of them on your banana toast or sushi rolls.
They have gelling activity so you can also add them to your mix of freshly made fruit juices and leave for a while and they will make you gel-like consistency.

As always be creative with your food and B. Strong& Healthy.

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