Chia seeds can add years to your life

(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.

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  • manmohan s grewal

    After reading , I feel it is of immense use to all humans. I should start eating Chia Seeds and would like to know the following —

    — I live in Ludhiana city in INDIA.
    — Where do I get Chia seeds in India.
    — Is there any Indian Name for Chia Seeds.
    — How much quantity should be taken and how to consume. e.g. should sprinkle powder OR eat raw seeds with water OR —- .
    — Other relevant information.
    Please reply. Thanks and regards.

    M. S. GREWAL

  • Lorna

    I was wondering if the seeds need to be ground for maximum health benefits.

    Thanks.

  • Jessica

    Lorna, no, chia is not like flax seed, you don’t need to grind them first. Just sprinkle on a salad, or add to a smoothie, or make a chocolate chia pudding!

  • mark

    Does grinding the chia take away any benefits or nutrients? I grind it to make a flour for a treat that I came up with. Thank you

  • Rosario M

    Excellent information! The benefits of chia are many and his story is interesting, the chia seed is a powerful source of omega 3. My children enjoy eating desserts like chia smoothie, but my husband prefers to take chia oil capsules to stay healthy:
    http://www.gelpharmaonline.com/aceites-omega/aceite-de-chia.html

  • Charlotte

    I was very excited about chia and was telling everyone about it but my family has had some bad experiences with constipation after eating it. It is not mentioned in any of the many articles I have read. I just know that I must soak it before eating it and make sure I drink lots of water.

  • peter davies

    Great article, this seems like the ultimate superfood – I will re publish some of this on my own site and link back to this.

    I would like to know where I can get chia seeds from.

  • deborah vercammen

    Why can’t I link this to my facebook group? I have a natural foods, health, helpful hints…group on facebook and I can’t seem to link this article like the others. Is the link missing?

    • Jonathan

      Try it now. Thanks.

  • jayakrishna

    i am in doha, where i can find this seeds in doha please advise….

  • Sujoy Ghosh

    Like Mr.M.S.Grewal I stay in India,Kolkata(Calcutta) and would like to know where I can get chia seeds in Kolkata and it’s Indian(Hindi/Bengali) name.Can anyone help?Hurry!Sujoy Ghosh

  • Sujoy Ghosh

    If we know the Hindi or Bengali name for Chia seeds we may be able to search for it in Doha or Dubai where all edible items are imported from Asian countries,mainly India.So will someone help Jayakrishna and me?Sujoy Ghosh

  • Seema Saxena

    Hi! Wanted to share with my Indian friends that chia seeds are very commonly available all over India, they are called sabja – I gather that sabja or chia is added in falooda. Most grocers should have sabja.

  • Nirmal

    @Manmohan et al, Chia seeds are not same as sabja. You can get it online through sites that import it from US. eg biovea.in or goindiaorganic.com

  • Rajnish Pahwa

    What is the Indian Name of Chia seeds and from where we can get it?

  • Rupesh

    Chia Seeds: India Name: SUBJA (Hindi) and it is easily available in Market. I can have 100 grams of Chia Seeds for Rs. 20/- Only.

  • rajan

    chia health benefits are numerous, but its avalabilty is even a issue. I am from india and like all other fellow ,i don’t know its indian name. Can anyone tell me

  • Subbu

    Chia is NOT the Subja… though both absorb water and give out fuzzy coating like Tulsi seed.
    Chia has higher nutritional value…