Chia Seeds | Health Benefits & Facts You Should Know

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia Seeds are one of the healthiest foods on our mother Earth. These seeds are naturally blessed with huge amount of essential nutrients with less calories. These seeds are tiny and black in colour. These seeds are separated from the plant Salvia Hispanica, a plant native to South America. Ancient people (Aztecs & Mayans) regularly consumed chia seeds. In Mayan language, Chia means strength. In Ancient times, chia seeds were given to warriors and offered to Aztec Gods during religious ceremonies.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Why Chia seeds are called as superfood?

Those people who care much about their health call chia seeds – superfood. The reasons are

  1. Chia seeds boost the energy level.
  2. Chia seeds promotes healthy skin and has anti-ageing properties.
  3. Chia seeds improve sustive system.
  4. Chia seeds support our Circulatory system.
  5. Chia seeds help in reversing diabetes.
  6. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
  7. Chia seeds have Anti-inflammatory properties.

What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 Fatty acids have numerous health benefits. There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: Alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) – vegetable sources, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – fish and other marine life. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, macular degeneration (medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field), and certain types of cancer.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage cells. (Source : Wiki). Antioxidant dietary supplements have not been shown to improve health in humans, or to be effective in preventing diseases.

What does Chia Seeds contain?

  • Water – 6%
  • Carbohydrates – 42%
  • Protein – 16%
  • Fat-31%
  • Riboflavin and Folate in moderate level.
  • Dietary minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc is also present
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acid and the B vitamins, thiamin and niacin.
  • Contain 18 of the 22 amino acids.
  • Huge amount of Dietary Fibre
Chia Seeds in water

Chia Seeds

What are the health benefits of Chia seeds?

Chia seeds and Weight Reduction

“How to reduce weight” is one of the most googled topics every day. A person’s weight is directly associated with almost everything. According to the survey, nearly one-third of the humans all over the world are trying very hard to reduce their weight in order to stay fit. For those people, Chia seeds paired with a possible green superfood blend could be beneficial. Chia seeds are also helpful in reducing belly fat.

When Chia seeds are added to water, it forms a gel around it. The same reaction happens in the stomach also. The seeds absorb water in stomach and then expand. That makes you feel your stomach is full and suppress your appetite. Since these chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, it may be a good idea to consume them by adding them in your water or even various juices. If interested, you could read more about the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids on A Natural Marketplace like Clean Wellness.

Quick Fact : World Obesity Day is observed on October 11.

Chia seeds and Diabetes

Diabetes has become a common disorder all around the world. Diabetes is associated with high blood sugar level over a prolonged period. More than 600 million people had diabetes worldwide.

  • According to the USDA, chia seeds are considered useful by researchers in treating diabetes. (1).
  • As Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids, they are directly associated with treatment of diabetes. (2 & 3).

Quick Fact : World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14.

Chia Seeds and Cancer

According to the paper published by University of California, San Francisco good nutrition may reduce the incidence of breast cancer and the risk of breast cancer progression or recurrence. The research paper noted that the good fiber content in chia seeds can help prevent breast cancer. The oil obtained from Chia seeds have anti-cancer properties. It appeared to reduce tumor growth and inhibit the replication of cancer cells.

Quick Fact : World Cancer Day is observed on February 4.

Chia Seeds and Cholesterol/Cardiovascular Health

According to a report published by the West Virginia University, consuming Chia seeds regularly can enhance heart health and prevent any cardiovascular related diseases. In addition to that, the mono-saturated fats present in Chia seeds paves the way for reducing the cholesterol levels. According to WebMD, high cholesterol is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. That can include coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. High cholesterol has also been linked to diabetes and high blood pressure.

Quick Fact : World Heart Day is observed on September 29.

Chia Seeds and Bones

Consumption of foods rich in calcium is good for health. As Chia seeds are a complete package of nutrients, the calcium content in the seeds play a major role in maintaining the strength of the bones. In addition to calcium, Chia seeds are rich in manganese, which is crucial in maintaining strong bones and teeth. Calcium intake of 1000 mg/day is recommended.

Quick Fact : World Osteoporosis Day is observed on October 20th.

In addition to the above health benefits, regular consumption of Chia seeds could be beneficial in much more things.

How much Chia seeds can be taken in a day?

In a day, it is recommended to take 20 + 20 grams of Chia seeds (twice in a day). As Chia seeds are packed with huge amount of nutrients, it is an excellent supplement to have at breakfast time. It is ideal to have Chia seeds at morning and evening. Consume adequate amount of Chia seeds and get the maximum from it.

How to take Chia Seeds?

In a simple way, add a tea spoon of chia seeds in water and drink it. You can add lemon or orange if you want. Adding Chia seeds in Smoothies will make it more nutritious. Chia seeds can also be added in salads, jam, butter milk, soups/gravy, oatmeal, cereals..etc.

How to buy Chia Seeds?

Buying Chia seeds has become very simple now. You can get top grade Chia Seeds at a very reasonable price. It’s just Rs 300 for half kg.

If you are interested in buying high quality Chia Seeds, just send a WhatsApp Message to +919840073951. The seeds will be delivered at your doorsteps.

Chia Seeds

Dear Readers,

I am taking Chia seeds for the last four months. The improvements I have experienced in my body is so good. I have recommended to many of my friends and they are also feeling the same. The main reason behind this Article is to spread awareness about the health benefits of Chia seeds. Buy it & ask your parents/relatives to consume it on regular basis. Their health will also improve. In a month we spent lots of money on unnecessary things. At least give a try once. This purchase will never make you feel bad!!!

Arunsathyan R,

Founder of Day Today GK.