There are a number of health benefits associated with this seed. But first, let us take a look at what chia seeds are. They are small seeds which have the shape of an oval and come in different colors or motley of colors with brown, black white and grey. These seeds are commonly used in Mexico.
The chia is also a flower with purple white flowers which are produced at the end of each spike. The small seeds of these flowers are the seeds which are then ground and used for nutritious drinks or as a food source. They can be used as toppings for yogurts, put in smoothies, oatmeal or just consumed raw.
The benefits include the ones discussed below.
Good for the heart: As they have a high source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the seeds have been found to be good for the heart and this is a major plus for all those who feel that they cannot consume the seeds as they might affect and make the heart beat more than it should.
Good for the digestive system: The system of a human being is always clogged with so many bad and sometimes dangerous things that make it hard for a person to go to the toilet; these seeds have been found to be pretty effective in helping the system to clear up.
Have the highest source of omega – 3: omega – 3 is a food source that the body needs in high doses. Since it is only found in fish, this little plant is a wonder as no other foods high in omega – 3 have been found the whole world over.
The seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries: antioxidants are good for the body as they help in protecting and strengthening the body to be able to fight infection and disease.
Have 9 amino acids: amino acids are the so called building blocks of life as they help the body break down food, repair tissues, and grow and many other functions. These nine amino acids that are found in the chia seeds are methione, histidine, lysine, tryptophan, isoleucine, phenylalanine, leucine, valine and threonine.
Such a small thing but has the highest amount of the needed nutrients that the body needs.
There is a simple recipe where one can use chia seeds to make some sort of tapioca pudding and with all the health benefits of this tiny seed, this is a must have for all people. The recipe is simple as all it has includes chia seeds, almond milk, stevia vanilla crème, cinnamon and nutmeg. What one does is to blend the almond milk, stevia vanilla crème, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Afterwards, pour it into a bowl or another jug and mix in the chia seeds. The chia adheres itself to the mix like glue. Keep on shaking every five minutes so that the chia does not clump and form lumps: keep doing this for the first fifteen minutes. Keep refrigerated until use.
The chia seed is a wonder that nature has bestowed upon us. We should thus highly esteem it as it merits.