Chia seeds are recognized since the time of the ancient civilizations and played an important role as a source of energy for the Mayans and the Incas. Because of the remarkable features of the seed Mayans called it “Chia” which means “Strength”.
The Chia seed is the richest plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids (over 30%), Omega-6 fatty acids (10%), proteins and powerful antioxidants. This “super seed” as the nutritionists call it is an excellent source of essential minerals (phosphorus, manganese, calcium and zinc) and a high percentage of dietary fiber.
Chia seeds contain:
- 8 x more Omega-3 than salmon
- 30% more antioxidants than blackberries
- 25% more fiber than flax seed
- 5 x more calcium than milk
Due to its high nutritional value, by implementing the chia seeds in the daily diet, you will begin to acknowledge a series of benefits:
- Increased energy levels and improved mood
- Improved concentration, work capacity and clearer thinking
- Wealth of Omega -3 fatty acids affect the reduction of high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels
- Positive impact in maintaining healthy bones – chia seeds contain a high percentage of calcium; one tablespoon of chia seeds contain the same amount of calcium as two glasses of milk
- The high percentage of dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) in seeds of chia positively affect the digestion of food, peristalsis of the intestines and eliminates the problem of constipation
- Positive impact in maintaining a healthy body weight and slender figure
Chia seeds can simply enter in your daily menu as a healthy supplement in drinks, salads, pasta, soups, desserts, muesli and other foods. They will not change the taste of the food; therefore they only serve to improve the nutritional value of it.