Anyone who sees a handful of chia seeds might not imagine that they were once used as currency. For centuries they were fundamental for the survival of civilizations like the Aztecs and Mayans. They even used them to pay their taxes.
Nowadays we know that these small, dark, white, or gray seeds are a super food. They’re a great source of protein and contain all of the essential amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals, as well as all soluble and insoluble fiber.
If you still haven’t gotten into the habit of eating chia seeds, we’re going to give you five reasons that might change your mind:
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They’re a natural source of antioxidants
Have you ever heard of free radicals? They’re unstable molecules released by our body that can be toxic in large quantities. Antioxidants are responsible for fighting the free radicals that cause heart diseases, several different types of cancer, and early aging. Chia, since it’s rich in natural antioxidants, actually neutralizes these molecules, helping to keep our heart, skin, hair, and nails healthy.
They help you lose weight
Chia seeds have become very popular throughout the last couple of years due to their use in diets. It actually works too, because the seeds can help you feel full for longer since they swell up as soon as they touch water, filling up your stomach. Furthermore, certain studies have shown that eating chia regularly can help fight love handles and muffin tops.
They help control diabetes
Chia seeds are great for anyone to suffers from diabetes or anyone who wants to prevent this disease. When they’re consumed together with carbohydrates, they slow down the rate at which the carbohydrates are absorbed. This helps the sugar in our blood to be released slower so our pancreas can produce enough insulin.
They help our teeth and bones
Most people who eat chia regularly believe that it can help you be more stronger and more resistant. And although this is true, it’s really more for our bones and teeth. This is because chia seeds have such high amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, minerals that are very important for the health of our bones and teeth.
They are great for our heart
Chia seeds are rich in fatty acids like omega-3, making them great for our heart. These fatty acids protect us against abnormal heart rhythms, reduce our blood pressure and heart rate, and improve our vein health. They can also decrease our triglycerides which are also harmful to our heart. Since our body can’t produce its own omega-3, it’s easy to see how important chia seeds can be for health.
What about you? Do you eat chia regularly?