Chia – Whats all the fuss

 December 24, 2013
Posted by hipcook

Chia is a tiny little seed that is packed full of goodness.  It looks much like a poppy seed. It comes in black & white and they are nutritionally very similar. 

Chia seeds are highly nutritious & a natural source of…

  • Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 & 6 which assist in lowering blood pressure and there are studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids may help with other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and many more. There are also studies indicating that Omega 6 can assist in people/children who suffer ADHD. It can reduce the effects of allergies, menopause, pms and osteoporosis.
  • Fibre – both soluble &  insoluble fibre
  • Antioxidants – Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.
  • Protein & Amino Acids – it contains all 8 essential amino acids & more.
  • Essential Minerals; calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium – Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.
  • Vitamins A, B & E

Chia is naturally gluten free. It provides energy, strength, & aids endurance. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, helps with weight loss and aids intestinal regularity. Adding chia to your food or drinks will turn your body into a powerhouse where a steady flow of energy all day can be sustained, instead of ups and downs.

 

 

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