Superfoods 101 – Chia Seeds

Brief History:

  • The origin of the Chia seed is from a desert plant, called the Salvia hispanica which can grows in Mexico. A long time ago, the Aztecs discovered the some medicinal benefits of chia seeds. It was used as a pain-killer to relieve joint pain and sore skin. the word “chia” means “strength” in ancient Mayan

5 Health Benefits:

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    May Help Weight Loss and Digestion

    Chia seeds helps reduce food cravings and prevents hunger due to it being absorbed.

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    Heart Healthy

    They regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure. It also helps reversing stress and a person is less likely to develop atherosclerosis.Chia seeds are also high in linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid that absorbs “fat-soluble” vitamins A, D, E and K.

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    High in Omega-3

    They help reduce against inflammation. For beginners, Omega-3 is a fatty acid that is considered one of the “good” types of fat. They help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Sadly, your body can’t make them, so you have to eat them through superfoods or take supplements.

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    May Help Fights Breast and Cervical Cancer

    Alpha Lipoic Acid (or ALA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that can be found in chia seeds. A study found that ALA actually limited the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers. Scholars also found that ALA caused cell death of the cancer cells without harming the normal healthy cells.

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    May Help Diabetes

    The alpha-linolenic acid and fiber, researchers from the University of Litoral in Argentina discovered that eating chia seeds completely prevented the onset of dyslipidemia and insulin resistance. By the end of the experiment, chia seeds were proved to halt diabetes and reverse it.

Ways to Eat it?

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    Soak it

    Use about 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds to one cup of water. The key is not to get them too watery. It’ll take about 30 minutes to 2 hours to soak. You can use this as a base to make delicious chia pudding! Just add in other ingredients for flavor like coconut cream or a dap of maple syrup.

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    Ground it

    You can put it in a coffee grinder. They are great for making gluten-free pancakes, muffins, and breads. After grinding them be sure to seal them in a glass container after your done and store it in the refrigerator!

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    Eat it Whole

    No need to grind it like other seeds, you can just eat it from a spoon. Although this is probably the least enjoyable way to consume. 😉

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291334.php

https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/nutrition/what-is-chia/

https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/

http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/Features/Pages/chia-seeds.aspx

 

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