The Wonderful Health Benefits of Chia Seed
The minimum amount of Chia seed provides an exceptionally unique low-calorie source of magnesium, calcium, iron, complete protein, antioxidants, dietary fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Chia’s unique structural integrity holds up to 18 times its weight in water providing one of the most effective digestive-support foods available. Gelatinous structural profile slows digestion creating an environment to better assimilate the foods with which they are eaten, making them more digestible, offering better uptake of the available nutrients, and encouraging healthy elimination.
The slower conversion rate, encouraged by the structural integrity of the hydrated seed gel, helps to regulate healthy blood sugar by allowing insulin to effectively do its job, making Chia an excellent food for athletes, as well as supporting healthy blood sugar for type II diabetics. Hydrated Chia seeds, when allowed to soak for up to 24 hours, will increase the antioxidant profile, offering one of the highest antioxidant foods available.
Some of the antioxidants include Quercetin and Caffeic Acid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Myricetin, Coumaric Acid, and Chlorogenic Acid are among some of the others.
Here are some of the specific health benefits of Chia seeds:
Help control blood pressure
Chia seeds have a blood-thinning effect, without compromising blood coagulation, which helps support lowering blood pressure. The Omega-3’s function in arterial tissue repair also supports healthy blood pressure.
The hydrophilic properties of Chia extend hydration, increasing oxygen in the blood, raising metabolism which, in turn, helps to burn fat, reducing the pressure in the organ functions which, collectively, orchestrates support for healthy blood pressure. I will also add that the slow digestion processes resulting from Chia seeds allow more efficient and effective assimilation of foods, which help support healthy elimination.
This, in turn, helps to eliminate the re-absorption of bile salts (cholesterol), reducing the overall levels of cholesterol in the body, and that also works to help support healthy blood pressure. Chia seed supplies fiber in 2 forms: insoluble and soluble fiber. The soluble fiber in Chia has been found helpful in lowering cholesterol.
Helps type-II diabetics?
The structural integrity of Chia seeds slows digestion resulting in slowing down the carbohydrate and sugar conversion, allowing insulin to be effective in regulating blood sugar levels. Chia’s rich protein profile also adds to the slowing of conversion processes, adding even more support for regulating blood sugar. Chia is also high in insoluble fiber which speeds up the transit time of food in the intestines which results in a slower rate of glucose absorption.
Rich in calcium and magnesium?
Chia seeds have five times more calcium than milk and ample amounts of magnesium and boron for better utilization. So particularly female readers can get a better understanding of the importance and the roles this combination plays in our bodies.
Rich in fiber
Physicians agree on the importance of fiber in our diet, as it is shown to effectively lower cholesterol and, many believe, it may have a supportive benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease as well as some types of cancers. Chia fiber, soluble and insoluble, promotes healthy elimination regularity and healthy intestinal flora. Chia may be used as a daily supplement for fiber as it is known to be ready-borne in the stomach, which means it is tolerated and absorbable without distress. In fact, Chia is soothing and gentle to the system.
Consumer demand, as with everything else in the food business, will drive the supply channels to produce more and improve the quality. Because of Chia seeds’ diverse structural and nutritional values along with Chia’s limitless culinary applications, this unique and profoundly valuable food is here to stay.