(NaturalHealth365) Chia seeds have been valued for centuries for their ability to sustain life, and have been called “Indian Running Food” because of their energy giving properties. If you’re tired and looking for greater energy (plus endurance) – keep reading about this magical super food.
Chia seeds come from a plant with a long history; it was the main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and one their warriors depended on for survival. The name “chia” comes from the Aztec word for oily which is chian, this makes sense since chia seeds are very high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you want brain power – eat chia seeds.
Look closer at this magical super food
Chia seeds were a major crop in central Mexico until about 900 B.C. when the Spanish conquest changed the culture. Production is being resumed in Latin America, since the seed has become popular (again) due to phenomenal health benefits.
These little seeds have a longer shelf life than most other seeds including flax seeds. Looking to chia seeds for quality fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, minerals and antioxidants is a good idea; chia has the highest amount of omega 3 fatty acids than any other seed.
Seeds that have amazing healing power
The chia seed has a unique combination of nutrients; it is a source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and is a complete protein source. In fact, it has more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk and more antioxidants than blueberries. It may be smaller than a pebble, but it is a great way to nourish the body.
Chia seeds have some remarkable properties which work to lessen hunger, cut cravings, and support joint and intestinal health, control sugar spikes, lower cholesterol levels and supply cellular energy.
Improve your digestion with the right foods
The chia seed supports healthy colon activity while helping eliminate toxic wastes. Chia seeds have a fiber content of more than 36% and the remarkable ability to absorb ten times its weight in water, making it a wonderful way to stay hydrated. By hydrating the colon – it makes it easier for your digestive system to move food through the gut and be eliminated in a timely manner.
Insoluble fiber is found in the seed’s outer coating and works like an intestinal sweeper. The outside of the chia seed is covered with invisible tiny fibers standing on end, which trap the liquid to cause a layer of gel to form around the seed.
The liquid is removed slowly by the digestive system, which keeps the colon hydrated while releasing the electrolytes and nutrients, keeping food moist is a way to prevent constipation and diverticulitis.
Inflammation can be eliminated naturally with the right food
Chia seeds contain a good amount of quercetin – an antioxidant known for reducing inflammation – which supports a long, healthy life. Eating a plant-based diet can prevent intestinal dis-ease; improve brain function and increase your energy.
Chia seeds are very versatile and can be added to many recipies including: cereal, soup, salad, yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods. The easiest way to use it is to add it in to any type of blended drink or soak the seeds to make breakfast porridge. Either way – get started and enjoy!
Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.