In the 1980’s many people became aware of Chia seeds because of the popularity of Chia pet toys coated with chia seeds. However, most people do not know that Chia seeds have been used by people since ancient times and were the staple food for Aztec and Mayan people in America many centuries ago. These american tribes would consume large quantities of chia seeds before they went to fight battles against their enemies. Usually commuting to work daily is the most stressful experience for most people daily. At present almost no one fights physical battles, so people would like to find out how chia seeds, which are considered a superfood are relevant today. Some of the benefits of consuming chia seeds regularly cited by experts like weight loss and glowing skin are discussed in detail below.
Make you feel less hungry
Many expert nutritionists are consuming chia seeds regularly for getting all the nutrients which they require. Some of the macro and micro-nutrients in the chia seeds are calcium, manganese, protein, fat, fiber. The seeds also contain a large amount of antioxidants. Thus Chia seeds help in weight loss, and improve both the digestive as well as heart health. Typically one serving of chia seeds will contain four grams of protein and eleven grams fiber, which will help you to feel full, so that you do not want to eat more and this will help in weight loss. Additionally the seeds can be used as fillers with nutrients in baked food items and smoothies since they absorb water approximately fifteen times their weight. However, users should not consume more than the recommended amount of chia seeds since the fiber in these seeds may cause digestive, stomach problems.
Reducing anxiety levels
Most people are not aware the the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol may be reduced by increasing the levels of the nutrient magnesium. Chia seeds contain a high amount of magnesium. Consuming chia seeds will prevent health problems like fatigue and headache which may be caused by low magnesium levels.
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in the thanksgiving turkeys and chia seeds helps the body produce serotonin which reduces anxiety levels and improves the mood.
Making skin glow
Chia seeds have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids than most foods, typically a small serving of these seeds will have more omega-3 compared to a similar salmon serving. Omega-3 fatty-acids help to prevent heart problems, also help to strengthen the hair, skin and nails. Medical experts claim that chia seeds will stabilize the sugar levels in the blood, reducing the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People consuming chia seeds are less likely to feel hungry since the fiber, fat in the seeds, makes them feel full, and this can help in weight loss. The anti-oxidants and fat are extremely beneficial for the skin.
The medical experts at Cleveland clinic claim that omega 3 fatty acids help in preserving collagen, reducing the dryness and inflammation of the skin. This results in younger looking glowing skin
Excellent source of calcium
Many people do not consume dairy products because of allergies or other reasons, and for these people chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium. One serving of chia seeds has about 18% of the daily requirement of calcium which is higher than the amount in milk. Some experts are sprinkling chia seeds on many of the foods they eat, like smoothies, smoothie bowls, oatmeal , yogurt,puddings to increase their calcium intake. This helps them improve their skin, strengthen their teeth and bones.
High antioxidant levels
it is necessary to consume sufficient antioxidants since they prevent free radicals from damaging the cells. Like blueberries, chia seeds also have high levels of antioxidants. It is very easy to incorporate chia seeds in your diet, they can be added to salads, smoothies and yogurt. The seeds can be used to coat chicken to make it look breaded. Similarly anti-oxidants should be incorporated for skincare.
Help in reducing bloating
Chia seeds have higher levels of potassium than most other foods like milk and bananas, so they help a person look less bloated, reducing water retention. Thus chia seeds are highly recommended for those who have eaten salty Mexican or other food which can cause bloating, making the person look fatter.