Friday, October 14, 2011

Chia Seed- The Newest Superfood

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After recently getting huge media attention ( from Fox News to the Ophra Winfrey magazine ), Chia seed's popularity has been growing rapidly. It's incredible nutritional value, originally cultivated by the Aztec, ranks it right on top of every superfood list. What's so incredible about it? Here are a few fast facts:
  • It contains twice the omega-3-fatty acids that the Atlantic salmon does
  • Chia has 600% more iron than spinach
  • Chia seeds contain 6 times more calcium than milk
  • It contains 32% of your daily magnesium needs, which is more than broccoli does
  • In chia you can find twice the antioxidants you do in blueberries
  • Its a great source for soluble and insoluble fiber, which is extremely important for your digestion
  • A single serving contains 27+ vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids
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These are the raw numbers that stand behind the chia seed, but lets turn those numbers in to the benefits they carry with them, shall we?

  • Chia seeds aid weight loss- their great nutritional value and unique gelling action will keep you full for hours, and also they have the ability to block the absorption of extra calories.
  • They provide energy- can you believe that a single tablespoon was enough to sustain an Aztec warrior for a day? Chia seeds provide energy, stamina and endurance thanks to all of the vitamins, minerals, fibers and complete protein they contain. Another reason for having more energy throughout your day is that chia seeds balance your blood sugar.
  • Keeps your heart healthy- omega-3-fatty acids are known to protect you from heart diseases and inflammation such as arthritis. These acids are also good for lowering the bad cholesterol and increasing the good one.
  • Chia seeds add antioxidants to your diet- as already mentioned, chia seeds contain twice the antioxidants that blueberries contain. Antioxidants can prevent cancer, heart disease, muscle and tissue degeneration, diabetes and many other health problems.
  • Good for people with diabetes- Chia Seeds slow the conversion of carbs into sugar, help maintain and lower a healthy blood sugar level, which is very important for anyone with diabetes. Also, it has been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in those people with well-managed type 2 diabetes.
  • Other chia seeds benefits include- better bone health, anti-aging, prostate health, hydration maintenance for a longer period, digestive health, reduced menopause symptoms and others

Chia's has a barley noticeable nutty flavor. It can be mixed with juices, cereal, yogurt, or it can be added to puddings and baked goods like cakes, biscuits and bread. Another good thing about chia seeds is that they don't go rancid, and due to the high volume of antioxidants they can stay in room temperature and be good to eat for as long as 2 years.

The recommended daily amount of chia seed is two doses of 20 grams each.

Here is a little discussion on Chia seed in Joy's Diet at the Today show:


If you are wondering where to get chia seeds, I have something to recommend- Organic Chia seeds from Digestive Science. There are a few reason I suggest this exact product:
  • its pesticide free
  • doesn't contain any caffeine, gluten or cholesterol
  • no GMO
  • its packed in a FDA certified facility
  • its 100% organic and vegan
  • it offers an risk free 90 day moneyback guarantee
  • Digestive Science stands behind a number of great products and has a great reputation
For more information go to: chia.digestivescience.com

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I watched doctor Oz's comments on this seed and it really looks amazing. I'll give it a try!

Anonymous said...

I love those things! I eat them every morning with my cereal and they really keep me full and energetic for a good few hours. Thumbs up from Chicago!

Anonymous said...

I eat this stuff out of the bag or with oatmeal in the morning. It does keeps me full/satiety during the day. This stuff is a mainstay in my cupboard.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried chia seeds yet but am very curious to try them as I am trying to balance my blood sugar and lose weight. I have a HUGE sweet tooth which has gotten the best of me lately but I'm ready to fight back!! I did read somewhere that you should soak them first otherwise they will absorb all of the liquid/digestive juices in your stomach. Is this true? If I were to soak them first, what would the proportion be as far as seeds to water or almond milk? Thank you for your help and advice! :)

SSotirov said...

Hello :) Chia seeds will indeed help you balancing your blood sugar and losing weight so you are on the right way :)

You don't really NEED to soak them first cause they certainly won't absorb all the liquids in your stomach. However, it is true that if you eat Chia seeds and don't drink water you might get dehydrated. But if you are on your way to a balanced blood sugar and weight loss than you should be drinking pleny of water anyway. In short- you don't need to soak them, you just need to make sure your water intake is high.

As far as the proportions, I would say a table spoon of seeds with half a cup of water makes a thick gel. Thats how I have it sometimes.

I hope I was able to help you :) Good luck on your quest, and if you get the chance, please let me know how you like the Chia seeds and if they helped you :)

MooreT said...

What a post i found now! I have a HUGE sweet tooth which has gotten the best of me lately but I'm ready to fight back!! I did read somewhere that you should soak them first otherwise they will absorb all of the liquid/digestive juices in your stomach. Is this true? If I were to soak them first.Business Related Articles