Chia seeds are very nutritious food that is used in Latin America for thousands of years. Recent studies indicate that they may contribute to cardiovascular health, because they have a favourable effect on blood pressure and cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Source of antioxidants. Chia seeds are extremely rich in antioxidants. One good evidence for how much antioxidants they contain is their shelf life in stores – will not spoil nearly two years, and at room temperature.
Excellent source of calcium. Only 24 grams of chia seeds contain 18% of the recommended daily dose of calcium, which is easy to learn. It is necessary for healthy teeth and bones and prevent osteoporosis.
An excellent source of fiber. In just two tablespoons, chia seeds contains a whopping 10 grams (a third of the recommended daily allowance) of fiber. Vegetable fibers are essential for good bowel movement (intestinal peristalsis), help lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation of low intensity.
An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are the richest plant source of these healthy fats. They are important for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and heart health.
They help losing weight. Essential fatty acids chia seeds contains intensify metabolism. If used with a meal, chia seeds provide nutrients and weight, and very few calories. That is why it is great to be included in the diets.
Preventing rises in blood sugar. Studies have shown that gelatinous mass that is released from the chia seeds when watered prevents sudden rises in blood sugar. Another study, which involved suffering from type 2 diabetes, found that regular use of chia seeds significantly reduced inflammation (inflammation are associated with high blood sugar) and blood pressure.
Contribute to heart health. Regular use of this seed in the decrease of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, as mentioned earlier, it contributes lowering blood pressure in diabetics.
Anti-inflammatory. High amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that contain these seeds lubricates joints, and in the body are converted to prostaglandins, which act simultaneously anti-inflammatory and pain relief. Therefore, consumption of chia seeds helps to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis cases.