You’ve probably heard of chia seeds by now. You might know that they are full of fiber, antioxidants, Omega-3s and protein. If that isn’t enough to convince you this super food should be a staple in your diet, here are 6 of our favorite reasons why chia seeds are so incredible.
- Stay energized all day
Not only is Chia the Mayan word for strength, it also bolsters energy and endurance in your body. The nutrients in chia seed provide sustenance for our bodies throughout the day. How does it work? Chia “gel” can form a block between carbohydrates and enzymes so that the conversion takes longer and energy is released more steadily.
- Stay hydrated
Chia’s fiber is hydrophilic – meaning it can absorb approximately 10-12 times its own weight in water. Many athletes use chia seeds before activity to pre-hydrate because it can prolong and retain moisture to minimize or avoid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
- Keep your blood sugar in balance.
Chia seeds slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream, which means better overall glucose control for those who need to be concerned about blood sugar levels.
- Stay full longer.
Did you know that Chia seeds may support weight loss? Chia’s fiber expands and creates more bulk, so you feel fuller longer. The best part is that chia doesn’t change the flavor of food or liquids. If you’re looking to cut back on the sweets, you can still satisfy a sweet craving with chia seed pudding. Check out this delicious recipe.
- Detox from the inside out.
Not as sexy as increased energy or weight loss, but detoxing is a major perk of chia seeds. Chia is easy to digest and rich in fiber. Once digested chia seeds become gelatinous and absorb toxins from the liver and pass them to the colon for excretion. The result? A digestive tract cleanse.
- A Raw source of vegan omega-3s
You need Omega-3s everyday for the rest of your life. With one serving of chia seeds and you get 2,140 mg of Omega-3 ALA. A few of the Omega-3 benefits include: supporting heart health, glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair. Not too bad for a little seed, right?
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