5 Benefits of Chia Seeds

5 Benefits of Chia Seeds

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5 Benefits of Chia Seeds That You Really Need to Know About

What these little seeds can do for your body.

Chia seeds are known as a "superfood" for their countless benefits and inexhaustible source of nutrition. In addition, they only need rainwater to grow, making them a highly sustainable crop.


What are the benefits of chia seeds?

Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, including fiber, plant-based protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Let's discover the 5 nutritional health benefits. 


1. They’re a great plant-based source of omega fatty acids.

Chia seeds are a major source of omega-3 and omega-6.  These essential fatty acids provide energy to your body; supporting your immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, and inflammatory systems. Chia seeds are richer in these omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than most other plant sources. 


2. They support your digestive health.

The fiber content of chia seeds per serving (2 tablespoons) is impressive: 2.4 teaspoons, or 10 grams. That's 29% to 45% of the fiber needed in a single day. Most chia fiber is insoluble, which adds bulk to prevent constipation. They also have some soluble fiber, which absorbs water in the stomach that slows digestion. 


3. They can help keep you full and satisfied

Chia has a powerful combination of fiber and protein, both of which take longer to move through the digestive tract than carbohydrates, which helps us feel full faster. Fiber also helps keep blood sugar levels stable.


4. They can help you recover post-workout.

Chia seeds pack a punch that can help your body bounce back faster after exercising. They contain the nine essential amino acids that our body cannot produce on its own. Amino acids in proteins are important for cell growth and repair.  So adding chia to your smoothie can help you recover post-workout.


5. They can help support bone health.

If you are looking for a non-dairy option to maintain strong bones, chia seeds are the best choice. They are a good source of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium, and are especially rich in calcium, which is important for maintaining bone health. Vegans are often recommended to eat chia seeds as a source of calcium and magnesium, necessary for strong and healthy bones.