The Health Benefits of Chai Seeds
Sometimes what was good for you yesterday is bad for you today, making it difficult to hone in on a truly good diet. However, there is one gift of nature, packed with essential nutrients we need, that has stood the test of time – Chia Seeds! Chia seeds have been consumed for thousands of years but remained relatively unknown to most of the world. Only recently are chia seeds coming to the forefront of mainstream diets.
Newly “re-discovered” Chia Seeds are usually consumed in combination with other products. The great thing about this seed is that it can be consumed raw, providing whole and unprocessed essential nutrients our body needs. The fatty-acids in this seed have been identified as Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), better known as Omega-3. Each seed can be extracted as 25-30% oil.
Aside from the natural oil that found in Chia Seeds, the seeds supply protein and fiber. In addition, other essential minerals comparable to other edible seeds are also identified. Given its pedigree, chia seed is considered a novel food by the European Union, allowing 5% Chia Seed content in many bread products.
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially the Alpha-linolenic Acid component, are essential for our health. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed by science and medicine to be very advantageous to our circulatory system in the reduction of blood clotting, reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, therefore helping lower the risk of heart disease. It is noted by researchers that the chia seeds’ ALA Omega-3 is seven times the Omega-3 of Salmon, yet with the added assurance that this seed-sourced fatty acid is not at risk of mercury contamination or overfishing.
It is as widely recognized that certain foods such as berries, along with many other fruits and vegetables, offer effective protection against many types of ailments such as coronary heart disease, some cancers, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Chia seed is known to have about three times the antioxidant properties than that of the vaunted blueberry.
Chia Seeds have extensive hydration properties called lignin, which taken together with its naturally regulated delivery of nutrients to the body, becomes an energizer and source of endurance to both the body and the brain. These qualities have earned chia seed the nickname “running seed” because of the strength, endurance and energy it provides.
Make use of this natural gift to mankind – introduce Chia Seeds to your diet and be on your way to a healthier you!