Considered a super food, Chia seeds have been consumed for centuries for their health benefits. The ancient Aztecs used them to treat sore skin and joint pain. Chia seeds are the richest plant source of heart-healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3’s are also important in terms of lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol. In fact, 30% of the oil in chia seeds is Omega-3 oil and 40% is Omega-6, which is considered a healthy ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
Chia seeds also have high fiber content. Fiber is important in digestive health and they are also rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is important in maintaining stable blood sugar levels, which is important in reducing the risk of type-II diabetes. One ounce of chia seeds provides 42% of the daily recommended amount of fiber (11 grams).
Chia seeds are a plant source of complete protein and are high in cancer fighting antioxidants. One ounce of seeds provides us with 10% of the daily recommendation of protein. Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in the body that damage our healthy cells. Free radicals are formed through a processed called oxidation. Body internal and environmental factors can increase the amount of free radicals in our systems.
Chia seeds are easily digestible and require no grinding in order for the body to assimilate and absorb their nutrients. They are highly absorbent, meaning that they can hold high amounts of water, which in turn can help us remain hydrated.
These seeds are a great source of minerals including calcium, manganese and phosphorus. A one ounce serving provides 18% of the RDA of calcium. They also provide 30% of the RDA of manganese and 27% of our daily recommended amount of phosphorus.
In Wellness and Love,
www.livestrong.com (article by Steve Donald.2011)
Dr. Christopher Weaver DC, PAK is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Professional Applied Kinesiologist. He's published two books on health and Wellness.