You’ve probably heard of the infamous chia pet – the decorative plant found in the homes of many children whose parents aren’t ready to commit to a dog or cat. A lesser known fact about these tiny seeds – they are an amazing source of nutrients! In fact, the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs all used them as a strength food, to stay strong during battles and gain energy when having to run long distances. So what makes these seeds so amazing?
Jam-packed with antioxidants – Chia seeds will help your body fight against harmful free radicals. These free radicals can cause premature aging of the skin and tissue inflammation. With a daily dose of this food source, you’ll better maintain a more youthful glow!
Goodbye Redbull, hello Chia seeds – With nearly 2x as much protein as other seeds and grains, Chia seeds help to maintain levels of energy throughout your day, without the normal ups and downs that come with the food you eat. Along the same lines, this super food helps maintain your blood sugar levels. Chia seeds help to slow down the body’s process of converting starches to sugars. This allows for slow and sustained energy throughout the day from your food, as opposed to the sugar high followed by a crash.
Stay full and lose weight – This particular seed has a unique gelling quality when exposed to water, which causes the seed to grow in density and in size. This gel coating takes longer for the body to digest, therefore allowing your body to feel full and satisfied for longer.
High Source of Fiber and Omega 3s – Chia seeds are full of insoluble fiber which keep your colon hydrated and your body regular. These seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, helping to lower your cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart.
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