Let’s start out with the facts about chia seeds.
- Chia seeds have 5 times the amount of protein of milk
- They are higher in Omega 3 than either salmon or flax seeds.
- Chia seeds have more fiber than store bought bran
- They are extremely high in fiber and protein.
- Chia seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries.
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Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows in southern Mexico. Ancient Mayan and Aztec diets consisted of chia seeds. Just a spoonful of chia seeds could sustain a person for 24 hours. It was banned at one time due to the Spanish associating chia with what they thought was the pagan religion of the Aztec’s. Shortly after, chia production began again and it continues to Mexico.
In addition to the health benefits above, chia seeds have a huge list of other benefits. Chia seeds are easy to store and don’t spoil or go rancid like seeds such as flax. Insects will have nothing to do with chia seeds so finding organic chia is easy. Chia seeds have a pleasant nutty flavor and can be used on nearly any food. Chia seeds can absorb about 10 times their weight in water so the when ingested, they slow the absorption of carbohydrates. There are obvious benefits for diabetics with this.
Due to the absorption of water, chia seeds also increase endurance by decreasing the highs and lows generally associated with absorption of too much sugar too quickly.
If we eat raw foods, we get a healthy dose of hydrophilic colloids, which allow us to absorb digestive juices that cause heartburn. Cooked food unfortunately does not promote this absorption. The chia’s hydrophilic colloidal properties aid the digestion of any foods contributing to the patients suffering as a result of a sour stomach. Even if you have sensitivity to certain foods, they may be tolerated with slight discomfort or none at all if a hydrophilic colloid is made a part of your diet.
Most western diets include a disproportionately high level of Omega 6 as compared to Omega 3.
Both are important to your diet but Omega 3 is the key factor in reducing inflammation and this reducing your chances of heart disease and many other diseases. You do however need balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3.
An optimum ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 according to leading nutrition experts ranges between 1:1 and 4:1, but the typical North American diet has a ratio of up to 40 times the amount of Omea-6 to Omega-3.
Typical oils found in your cupboard can have a ration of Omega 6 to Omega 3 as high as 50:1 in favor of Omega-6. Be careful of soybeans as well which have a disproportionately high amount of Omega-6 with a 7:1 ratio.
The Chia seed, by contrast, has three times the amount of Omega-3 than Omega-6 in its makeup. By simply consuming more Chia in your diet, you get a much more balanced amount of Omega 3 in your diet. A correct balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 allows you healthier a healthier body, brain function, heart, etc. Your body will operate at a more optimum level.
Natural sources of Omega 3 are always preferable to manufactured products. Fish oil is fine if you get a highly purified product. Eggs are excellent sources of Omega 3 when consumed without being overcooked. You need to be careful about the quality of the egg you are getting. Eggs from chickens fed mostly greens and corn are higher in Omega three than other chicken eggs.
The beauty of chia seeds is that they can be eaten unprocessed and 100% organic, making it the most reliable form of Omega-3 we know.keep looking »