Chia seeds are one of my favorite superfoods and after this post I hope they will become one of your favorites too :)
Reason N1: Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants containing even more antioxidants than fresh blueberries. And having in mind that winter is coming – you will need more antioxidants then ever to stay healthy. Oh, and look younger.
Reason N2: they help you lose weight. Yeah, sound unbelievable, but these little seeds absorb more then 12 times their weight when mixed with water or when they are in your stomach. The result – they make you feel full, thus limiting the cravings for junk food & they literally take the calories away from your food and help you digestion system work properly.
Reason N3: they have five times the calcium of milk, twice the protein of any seed or grain, two times the potassium of the bananas, etc, etc. Meaning you will feel more energized, you will have more power then ever, you will improve your brain functions and you will be healthier then ever. Are you running for the store to buy some chia seeds or you need more? :)
Reason N4: chia seeds are full of omega 3 and omega 6, which are an absolute must-have in your everyday meals. The omega 3 is very important for your heart, it reduces the cholesterol and it’s reported to reduce pain even with arthritis sufferers.
Reason N5: they also reduce the blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar. According to a study made in Toronto, after just 3 months of taking chia seeds daily on diabetic patients, found that blood was thinner and less prone to clotting and blood pressure of participants dropped significantly.
The conclusions: no matter if you are healthy as a bull, have heart disease or diabetes, or just want to lose some weight – you need chia seeds every single day – just add a pinch of seeds over your salad or meal and eat it :) Or you can make some creams, smoothies, etc.
And now some history…
There is evidence that chia seeds were first used as a food as early as 3500 B.C., and served as a cash crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. Chia seeds were eaten as a grain alone or mixed with other grains, drank as a beverage when placed in water, ground into flour, included in medicines, and pressed for oil and used as a base for face and body paints. Aztec rulers received chia seeds as an annual tribute from conquered nations, and the seeds were offered to the gods during religious ceremonies.
Chia was one of the main dietary components of not only the Aztecs, but also of another great Pre-Columbian civilization that developed in Mesoamerica, the Mayans. The Mexican State of Chiapas, located within the limits of what was ancient Mayan territory, derives its name from the Nahuatl word Chiapan which means “river of chia”. This indicates that existence of chia as a crop in this region also extends from very early times.
History facts and some more info on chia seeds can be find here – eatchia.com