I’m sure many of you have heard the buzz about Chia seeds, those tiny little seeds that were once thought of as just a means to grow grassy headed little pets. However, there’s a much more beneficial use for them.
These little powerhouses were a staple in the Atztec and Mayan diets centuries, known to give them endurance. Chia seeds are energizing, detoxifying, and full of omega 3′s, fiber and other
nutrients. It’s amazing how something so small can pack so much! Here’s a quick run down of just a few of the beautifying benefits Chia seeds can provide for you.
Omega 3′s: Fatty Omega-3 acids aide in keeping our skin and hair looking moisturized and glowing (along with a ton of other benefits for the rest of your body). The omega-3′s also produce anti-inflammatory properties which can help with skin problems such as eczema and acne. Mostly found in fish, fish oil, flax seeds etc. (all of which I’ve experimented with) I was pleased to find that Chia seeds contain the highest plant based form of Omega-3′s.
Fiber: An adequate amount of fiber in our diet is essential for digestion. When our digestive system is backed up all sorts of problems can arise, including blemishes and an unclear complexion. Chia seeds provide almost half our daily required fiber intake, in 100 grams 38 is fiber.
Antioxidant: Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage which damages various tissues and causes premature again. Chia seeds pack more antioxidant power than blueberries!
Energizing: It’s been said that Aztec warriors would eat chia seeds regularly to provide and maintain energy for battle. While I haven’t done historical research on that statement I have done enough researching to find that Chia seeds are loaded with complete protein to give you lasting energy. I’ve also found that a lot of runners and athletes are incorporating these seeds in their diets for optimum energy levels.
Nutrient Dense: In addition Chia seeds also contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Improved brain function
- Reduce Cravings
I’ve been incorporating these seeds into my diet almost daily. I use them on salads, in smoothies, and my new favorite, Chia Seed Pudding (so delicious!).
Here are a couple sites that have some yummy looking Chia seed recipes: