Chia seeds (salavia hispanica) have been 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, the 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) with a high percentage of dietary fiber.
Chia seeds contain:
- 8 times more Omega-3 than salmon
- 30% more antioxidants than blackberries
- 25% more fiber than flax seed
- 5 times more calcium than milk
Chia seeds - New supernatural power
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, which affects the reduction of high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels
- Positive impact on maintaining healthy bones - chia seeds contain a high percentage of calcium; one tablespoon of chia seeds contains the same amount of calcium as two glasses of milk
- The high percentage of dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) in the chia positively affects food digestion and intestinal peristalsis and eliminates the problem of constipation
- Positive impact on maintaining a healthy body weight and slender figure
Chia seeds can simply enter your daily menu as a healthy supplement to drinks, salads, pasta, soups, desserts, muesli and other foods. They will not change the taste of the food; they only serve to improve the nutritional value of it. Try beginning with 1-2 teaspoons a day, and after a few weeks gradually increase the consumption to 1-2 tablespoons daily.