Chia seeds have been used for thousands of years, even though we have heard about their health benefits only recently.
Namely, the extraordinary health benefits of these nutritious seeds have been known and used by the Mayans and the Incas. Even their name, “chia” comes from the Mayas word for “power.” Since they are high in nutrients, chia seeds will provide energy and strength.
These seeds have a mild nuts flavor and are rich in antioxidants, proteins, omega fat, and dietary fiber. As they absorb fluid well, chia seeds are amazing if you struggle to lose weight, since they provide a feeling of satiety which can last for hours!
These are some of the most important facts regarding these miraculous seeds:
-- Chia seeds hydrate the body, and provide fiber and protein, so they successfully boost metabolism, activate glycogen, which is extremely important for burning good fats, reduce appetite, and provide a feeling of satiety.
-- Numerous studies have shown that due to the high amounts of protein, (20%), chia seeds have remarkable effects on the health of the nails and hair.
-- Chia seeds contain 37% nutritional fiber which triggers bowel movements.
-- the chia seed is the extremely high in digestible protein, vitamin, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and amino acids. Therefore, it is incredible for melting fat, body strength, skin regeneration, and digestion.
-- According to nutritionists, chia seeds are great when you feel weak if you feel tired and without energy, as they have strong effects on the muscles and provide body energy. Due to all this, it becomes one of the popular seeds of athletes.
-- It has been shown that the strict diet based on chia seeds has strong effects as these seeds prevent cancer and may treat colon cancer.
-- These seeds are abundant in healthy essential fatty acids. Interestingly, chia seeds have 8 times the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon!
-The chia seed has nutrients which are vital for the health, including proteins, omega-6 fatty acids, and important antioxidants (1gr chia seeds has four times more antioxidants than fresh blueberries).
How to incorporate chia seeds into your diet
You can easily add these seeds to your snacks, salads, and dishes. You can add them at the end of the cooking process of grains, like amaranth, brown rice, quinoa, and millet, and stir well.
In the coconut or almond milk, add some chia seeds and a teaspoon of cocoa, walnuts, ground almonds, grated apple, pistachio, pomegranate, dried coconut, blueberries, cranberry, raspberries, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
You can add chia seeds to your soups and meat dumplings. You can also substitute bread crumbs with these seeds and use them when preparing fish and frying chicken.
Moreover, you can use these seeds to prepare desserts, like a pudding of chia seeds.