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Chia seeds are derived from the desert plant Salvia hispanica and are widely known for their use in Chia pet. These seeds have served as the staple food of the Native Americans that have valued the seeds for their medicinal values and also nutritional benefits. Lately, people have become much aware of the health benefits of these seeds and are looking out for more information on their health uses. In contrast to flax seed, you do not have to grind the Chia seeds to help your body to make use of it. Also, Chia seeds do not spoil quickly and hence this makes it convenient for use.
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation and also help the body to fight factors that result in aging. They are also a good source of proteins, antioxidants and dietary fibers. Chia seeds are digested slower than carbohydrates and hence regulate the blood sugar levels. This is a great way in which diabetics can maintain their blood sugar levels.
These seeds are also beneficial in the process of weight loss. They add to the bulk food variety that helps people on a diet to satiate their hunger and they remain satisfied for a long time without getting hungry. The seeds form a gel coating the stomach and restrict the absorption of calories that makes it a good diet aid. Chia seeds are also known to have hydrophilic properties that help in regulating the electrolyte balance and also keep the body hydrated. The Chia seeds absorb more than 12 times their weight in water.
It can also boost the energy levels hence benefiting the athletic performance. It keeps the athlete hydrated for a long time. In the ancient times, it was also called as the running food because the seeds increase the capacity of endurance. Chia seeds also have a good quantity of zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and also many other minerals and proteins. The Chia seeds are digested and absorbed quickly in the body and hence they are effective when there is a rapid development of tissue. Hence, it is a much recommended nutritional agent for the growing period of children and teenagers. It also has a lot of significance when consumed during pregnancy and lactation.
It has also been proved that one tablespoon of Chia seeds can sustain a person for almost 24 hours. The seeds are also known to stimulate the blood circulation and prevent problems like varicose veins and reduce the risk of heart attack. The seeds are also beneficial for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and arrhythmias. It is also good for depression, anxiety and also have anti-cancer effects. The Chia seeds are not of the modern civilization but have been used as food and medicine during the Aztec and the Mayan civilizations. Back then it was used by the warriors to replenish their energy and Indians used the seeds to promote healing and also to avoid infections.