The seeds from the chia plant are becoming increasingly popular on menus and rightly so, because these little bundles of energy offer a remarkable amount of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that keep our bodies healthy. The seeds, originally from Central America, have long been known as a major power food. They contain 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, 4 times more iron than spinach, and 10 times more omega-3 fats than salmon.
Below, we’ve summarized some other health benefits from adding chia seeds to your diet.
Adding chia seeds to your diet may help:
The seeds absorb a lot of liquid and swell in the stomach. This means that you’ll feel fuller faster, and therefore eat smaller portions.
Chia seeds may help relieve pain from heartburn. A spoonful of seeds after eating will absorb extra stomach acid and your heartburn may disappear.
Because the seeds contain amino acids, vitamins, and trace elements, our bodies cell replacement is accelerated and thus wounds heal faster.
The selenium and zinc contained in chia seeds helps to regulate thyroid function and restore hormone balance.
Chia seeds can rapidly reduce the effects of flatulence, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The seeds swell, counteracting diarrhea and the fiber from the plant stimulates intestinal activity, which simultaneously helps against constipation.
As a blood thinner:
One study from the Nutritional Science Research Institute claims that chia seeds have a blood thinning effect, which can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Cover all of these daily requirements with chia seeds (2 Tbsp per day):
- 25% Copper
- 20% Magnesium
- 26% Fiber
- 14% Calcium
- 11% Phosphorous
- 29% Vitamin E
- 11% Vitamin B1
- 18% Vitamin B3
- 38% Omega 6
- 13% Iron
- 11% Manganese
- 8% Potassium
- 5% Vitamin A
- 7% Vitamin B8
- 8% Zinc
- 2% Biotin
- 0,16% Vitamin B6
- 308% Omega 3
Good to know:
Chia seeds are gluten-free and have barely any calories. When soaked, they absorb liquid and turn into a gel. Since the seeds have dehydrating properties, it is important to drink plenty of other liquids to ensure your body has enough fluid.
There is a lot speaking for these little power seeds! Try them for yourself.