Chia seeds, they sound familiar don’t they? Well, we’re not talking about Chia Pets here. Instead, the source from which these pets were derived. Salvia hispanica, also known as Chia seeds are the latest super food being rediscovered and embraced by herbalists, nutritionists and health nuts alike. And don’t worry, they won’t cause you to sprout green hair but more likely to turn your health around.
These very small black and white seeds were a staple of the ancient civilizations of the Aztec, Incan and Mayan cultures. They have been used for nutritional and medicinal purposes for centuries. Now recently rediscovered, Chia seeds seem to be the end all cure all according to enthusiasts who use them.
What has been rediscovered is that these little seeds are nutrient packed and a force to be reckoned with. These seeds are a powerful nutritional source of essential fatty acids, protein, fiber and antioxidants. Just compare them gram per gram to a number of foods you consume daily.
8 times more omega-3’s than salmon
6 times more calcium than milk
3 times more iron than spinach
2 times more potassium than bananas
15 times more magnesium than broccoli
2 times more fiber than bran flakes
6 times more protein than kidney beans
4 times more selenium than flax seed
9 times more phosphorus than whole milk
more antioxidants than blueberries
The ancient Aztecs used Chia seeds for many medicinal purposes. Chia was used for cleaning eyes, healing wounds, relieving joint pain as well as enhancing energy. It was one of the most valuable medicines available.
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Today, being the fact that Chia seeds are loaded with omega-3’s, fiber, antioxidants and many other vital nutrients, Chia seeds present a range of opportunity to improve your overall health and well being such as heart disease, blood pressure, blood sugar, anti aging, weight loss, bone and mental health to name a few. Chia is also excellent at helping tissues regenerate as well as rapid tissue growth during pregnancy and adolescence.
The high antioxidant value keeps the seeds stable for a much longer time than other similar foods such as flax. You can store them dry for about five years in which they will not lose their flavor, odor or nutritional value.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering what the hitch is to these wonderful seeds. It’s got to be the taste right? Well, gotcha again! This wonderful whole food has a very mild and pleasant taste which makes it possible to be added to almost anything you can eat or drink. So, it might be sufficient to say, a scoop a day, keeps the doctor away.
Laura Hopkins has an extensive background in health, nutrition and weight loss field. For more information you can visit her at her website at http://www.lovetoloseweight.com
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