The brilliance of: CHIA

CHIA (Mayan meaning strength)­­ is popular today as a super food due to their many benefits. Chia seed not only is great from a nutritional perspective but is a flexible food from the point of view of a chef. They’re great to sprinkle over your breakfast porridge or yoghurt, add them to a smoothie or juice, otherwise save them for a healthy dessert – baked or left to set in the fridge – to name a few options.

BENEFITS: high in fiber, ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids (EAA), antioxidants PLUS a range of vitamins and minerals such as,

  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)

If you’re looking for natural and gluten-free methods to increase results such as, energy,  improving digestion, fighting free radicles, reducing inflammation, strengthening your bones (prevention of osteoporosis) and better organ function and health over the long-term then chia seeds are for you.

TOP TIPS: Chia is high in fiber, which means 1) soak OR drink lots of water 2) eat in small amounts 3) chia does not convert into DHA so ensure your diet has other healthy fatty acids such as oily fish 4) store in the freezer or fridge to avoid oxidation from the high amount of polyunsaturated fats.

As always, combine them with a healthy, balanced diet and exercise.

 

References

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://peakmodernliving.com/3-reasons-chia-seeds-and-flaxseeds-are-not-the-superfoods-you-think-they-are

 


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