In the last few years the health community has begun to acknowledge chia seeds as a superfood. It is a very diverse seed that can be added to many recipes with ease. Chia has a nutrient profile that is exceedingly outstanding – high in fibre, omega 3&6 fatty acids, protein, calcium and phosphorus. As well as being a rich source of antioxidants, chia seeds have a wide variety of vitamins and minerals available (Dr. Axe, 2017). Vitamin A, B and E, iodine, iron and sulphur are just a few micronutrients that they offer as well!
This pic was actually taken by my kid one morning before breakfast - we did not try to make this shape at all, it just happened ;-)
Chia seeds become gelatinous when they are mixed with a liquid which hold a multitude of benefits:
- They are extremely good for digestive health due to their high fibre and healthy fat content. Fibre and fats are needed in the body to balance blood sugar levels and they do this by balancing insulin levels. This balance creates a vigorous environment for digestion.
- Chia seeds also promote healthy stool and regularity in bowels. The fibre helps to bind and draw out waste in a fashionable manner.
- Due to the gelatinous nature of the seeds once they are mixed with a liquid inside the stomach, a quicker fullness (suppressing appetite) occurs. This can help with weight loss through the prevention of over eating.
- Heart health is another one of the benefits you will find in chia. Due to the nutrient profile, it is in their ability to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol that makes them a superfood!
- Stronger bones! Chia seeds contain 18% calcium in just one ounce (Dr. Axe, 2017). The calcium found in chia is obviously plant based, making it more easily absorbable and used by the body than the calcium you may find in animal based products.
- They can hold up to 12 times their weight in water (Dr. Axe, 2017)! Chia seeds can be a great way to prevent dehydration if first soaked in water for up to 2 hours. If you take without soaking they will, as mentioned above, become gelatinous inside your digestive system. This may cause dehydration if you do not consume water throughout the day.
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A great way to get chia seeds into your daily life is by having a Roo’Bar or Quinbite as a snack each day. We have plenty of bars with chia in them - Quinbite Kapha, Chia & Spirulina Protein bars, Chia & Chocolate Protein bars, Roobar Chia & Hemp protein, Roobar Chia & Coconut (our best-seller) . And I will let you in on a secret - they are all so delicious it is hard to believe how good they are for the health....
For more information on the benefits of chia please visit Dr. Axe website: https://draxe.com/
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