It is well-known that nuts and seeds are highly nutritious and are frequently recommended in one’s diet, particularly in the paleo and Mediterranean diets.
Chia seeds, in particular, are small black seeds that are versatile, tasty, and offer various health benefits. They are commonly found in grocery stores alongside other healthy seeds such as hemp and flax. Each of these seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. These seeds are not magic. But, they are a great addition into a healthy diet.
Chia seeds carry many nutritional benefits. They contain fiber, macro and micro minerals, they are a source of omega 3 fatty acids, and are a complete source of protein. With all these benefits and their versatility, chia seeds are perfect for almost any meal.
Adding this powerful seed into your diet may further enhance cardiovascular health, support gut health, lower cholesterol, fight inflammation, and reduce blood sugar spikes. How does this one seed achieve this?
The broad range of antioxidants found in chia seeds helps to reduce inflammation present in the body, potentially lowering the risk of developing health conditions. Inflammation can often lead to various health issues. Inflammation can be managed effectively with nutritional therapy.
Chia seeds contain a large amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Increasing the amount of omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of cardiovascular challenges.
Chia seeds carry both macro and micro (trace) minerals. Minerals are not made in the body, so we must consume them through diet. Minerals are essential for transferring nutrients across cell membranes and provide structural/functional support to the body.
The fiber content in chia seeds can keep digestion regular. Chia seeds contain prebiotics which increase the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Supporting gut health is essential for immunity and well-being. Furthermore, the complete source of protein in chia seeds can help regulate blood sugar levels when consumed as part of nutrient-dense meals, potentially improving blood sugar levels for those with diabetes or insulin resistance.
You can use chia seeds on top of salads, oatmeal, mix them into baking recipes, sprinkle into a smoothie or on top of a fruit bowl. Vegans may also use chia seeds as an egg replacer!
If you haven’t tried chia seed pudding, try my recipe for breakfast one morning! If you’re not a fan of the texture, try the blended version.