Chia seeds offer many health benefits, including skincare, weight loss, lowering cholesterol, heart health, diabetes management and improvement of the digestive system. They also help control hypertension, prevent osteoporosis and arthritis, treats cancer and helps during pregnancy. Chia seeds are used as an energy booster by athletes all over the world.
What are chia seeds anyway?
Chia seeds come from the Chia flower, which is native to Mexico and Guatemala. The scientific names of the plant are Salvia hispanica and Salvia columbariae, which are also called “chia chiazze”. Both belong to the mint family (Lamiaceae). Chia seeds look like sesame seeds.
The chia plant has long been cultivated by the Aztecs, the Maya, the Incas, and other tribes. Originally, “Chia” in the Mayan language meant “violence”. Therefore, for them, it was a staple food and historians considered it an important source of plants and food for Native Americans. With the fall of the Aztecs and the general decline of the native population in North America, the use of chia seeds has also declined.
At the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wheat and corn replaced the chia seeds as their preferred crop. This change in basic food can be attributed to European travelers who colonize the New World and produce their own grains such as wheat, rice, corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
The general preference of food has changed over the years. Chia seeds had long been forgotten for a long time. At the beginning of the twentieth century, there was a rebirth of chia seeds as more and more people began to learn about their benefits.
Let’s talk nutrition?
According to the USDA, 100 grams of Chia seeds contain cholesterol, 486-kilocalorie energy, 16 grams of protein, 30 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrate and 37 grams of fiber. They have 630 milligrams of calcium, 9 48 mg phosphorus, 160 mg potassium, 19 mg sodium, and 3.5 mg zinc. Chia seeds contain vitamins like Vitamin C, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Vitamin E.
Chia seeds are also a good source of antioxidants. The antioxidants existing in seeds contain flavonol glycosides, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, kaempferol, quercetin, myricetin, and linolenic acid. These antioxidants help to slow down the volume of free radicals in the body. They also hold very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have many benefits.
Health benefits of Chia
Chia seeds being abundant in nutrients helps in the treatment of a lot of diseases, some of which are stated below.
1Prevent heart disease
Studies show that eating chia seeds increased HDL or good cholesterol while lowering total cholesterol. Chia seeds are considered a heart-shaped meal. The reason for this is that they are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid in the vegetarian world. Omega-3 fatty acids are decent fats (HDL cholesterol) which guard the heart and precluding the onset of cardiovascular illness by reducing Omega-6 (LDL) cholesterol levels and keeping the stress-free cardiovascular organism.