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Chia Seeds - A Super Seed of All Seeds

Updated on September 27, 2016

Chia Seeds

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History of Chia seeds

Chia Seeds come from a flowering plant of mint family (Salvia hispanica). It is considered that Chia Seeds were the staple diet of Aztec warriors. They used Chia seeds with water while travelling or during wars to give them energy. It has a long history of usage in Aztecs and Mayans diet. They harvested its crops in the Mexican valley. (In Mayan language Chia means Strength). It was called as a running food.

When Spanish came to the new world in 1500, they suppressed the pre Columbian culture and crops. Hence, they banned the cropping of Chia Seeds as it held a close relation with religion.

Chia Seeds only survived in Mexico since 500 years. A group of scientists from America and South America revived its cropping in Argentina. Now Chia Seeds are grown in southern Mexico, Central America, and certain southern South American countries like Bolivia.

Chia Plants

Plantation in Western Australia
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Nutritional Contents of Chia Seeds

  1. Richest Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: - Chia Seeds are very rich in oil content. This oil is an excellent form of vegetable oil with unsaturated fatty acids which are required by our body to help emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, & K. In addition, Chia has no cholesterol. This Oil content is the best amongst any another source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  2. High Protein Content: - Chia Seeds are rich in protein which is easily assimilated by the body. This protein is highly digestive and helps in tissue repair and growth.
  3. Fiber: - Chia Seeds are the richest source of dietary fibers. Around 25% of its weight is soluble fibers (mucilage), when such food is eaten these fiber dissolve with the water to form a gel which help digestive enzymes to break down the carbohydrates.
  4. Manganese: - Manganese, an essential mineral for bones growth is packed richly in Chia Seeds. One Ounce of Chia contains around 28% of this mineral.
  5. Phosphorus: - Chia Seed can provide you 30 % of Phosphorus, which helps in cell repair process and bones growth.
  6. Calcium: - We all know Calcium is required by our body for healthy teeth, bones and oral health. Chia seeds have plenty of it.


5 Amazing Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Regular usage of Chia Seeds in our diet has amazing health benefits. Chia Seeds can be consumed grounded, milled or as an energy drink. Following physical ailments can be cured with the help of proper intake of this super seed.

1) Fat Reduction: - Chia Seeds is full of dietary fibres, proteins and helps to stabilise blood sugar. It makes us full faster. Thus providing us loads of nutrients and helps to boost immunity. Consumption of Chia Seeds reduces the belly fat quickly.

2) Boon for Diabetics: - Chia Seeds slows down the digestion. Its outer coating helps to control the blood sugar levels. Adding Chia Seeds in the diet helps to cure Diabetes.

3) Heart Health Improves: - The nutrients present in the Chia Seeds balance the Cholesterol and blood sugar. Hence it results in the improved health of heart.

4) Healthy Integumentary System: - Our bodies’ Integumentary system comprises of skin, nails, hair and feathers etc. The nutrients present in Chia Seeds helps to develop a sound Integumentary System, which means we can always gorge on Chia for healthy skin, hair and nails.

5) Healthy Teeth and Bones: - Calcium, Phosphorus, Manganese and proteins present in Chia Seeds suffice our bodies’ need to have healthy bone and teeth.

Chia Energy Drink

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Chia Seeds Instant Energy Drink

We need:-

1) Water

2) Chia Seeds

3) Lemon Juice

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Add Seeds and Lemon to a glass of water and it ready........

Some more benefits of Chia Seeds

1) Aids Sleep:- Chia Seeds have Tryptophan, an amino acid also found in turkey, which works with brain to naturally promote sleep.

2) Growing kid Supplement: - Chia Seeds are packed with nutrients vital for growing kids. It helps brain, bones and tissue development.

3) Vegetarian must have: - Chia is an ideal food for vegans in order to complete their nutritional requirement. Chia Seeds serve us with all goodness of meat and marine food


Chia is wondeful for our skin

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Chia Seeds Skin Benefits

Chia Skin benefits:- These seeds are powerhouse of nutrition. The oil content (Omega 3) makes them ideal for skin ailments. It has strong anti ageing properties. Chia Seeds are strong skin soothing, anti inflammatory and protective substance. It helps our skin to protect top layer from infections.

Try Chia Skin Soothing Mask

  • Soak some Chia Seeds in water. Leave for 10 minutes; add some oil (olive, lavender or rosemary).
  • A gel is formed. Apply it all over the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off.
  • This Mask helps to reduce skin inflammation, redness and itchiness.

Comparison with Flax Seeds

Chia Vs. Flax

Flax Seeds are well known for its nutritional values and health benefits. Flax Seeds are consumed all around the world, but do you know Chia Seeds can work more wonders to your health? Or we can just add both in our diet to gain more health benefits. Chia has some added advantage to Flax Seeds as follows:-

1) Flax Seeds must be grounded in order to consume them as its husk is non digestive while at the same time Chia are highly soluble and forms gel once dissolved in water.

2) Chia Seed have a nutty but neutral flavor; it is more widely used to thicken the gravies, as a substitute to egg and grains etc.

3) Chia Seeds are more in dietary fibers, proteins and it gives the energy quickly in comparison to Flax Seeds.

4) Chia Seeds are non toxic as compared to Flax Seeds as they have Cyanogenic Glycoides (which realeses toxins). The usage of 45 to 50 g is considered safe for Flax Seeds.

Chia and Flax Comparison

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Nutritional Comparison Chart( per one ounce)

 
Flax Seeds
Chia seeds
Calories
150
137
Fiber
7.6g
10.6g
 
 
 
Chia seed is a clear winner when it comes to fibre and calories. Hence it is a better option for weight watchers.

Minerals

 
Flax Seeds (in mg)
Chia Seeds (in mg)
Iron
1.6
NA
Calcium
71.4
177
Magnesium
110
NA
Phosphorus
180
265
Sodium
8.4
5.3
Pottasium
228
44.8
Copper
0.3
0.1
Zinc
1.2
1.1
Manganese
0.7
0.6
Selenium
7.1
NA
Chia Seeds are higher in phosphorus and calcium while Flax Seeds are a blend of all vital minerals.

Vitamins

 
Flax Seeds
Chia Seeds
Vitamin C
0.2 mg
NA
Vitamin E
0.1 mg
NA
Vitamin K
1.2 mg
NA
Thiamin
0.5 mg
NA
Vitamin B6
0.1 mg
NA
Niacin
0.9 mg
NA
Folate
24.4 mcg
NA
Choline
22.0 mg
NA
Betaine
0.9 mg
NA
Pentothenic Acid
0.3 mg
NA
In case of Vitamins, Flax Seeds are undisputed winner.

Storage of Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds can be stored for longer as it has high oil content and natural antioxidants. It can be milled and consumed for longer. Chia Seeds does not require any flavor, color, or preservative for storage like other foods.

Last But Not The Least

We should opt for multi grains and nutritous diet in order to suffice our health and body needs. Chia Seed is a great option in today's hectic life.

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      Neelam Ramani 3 years ago from Delhi, India

      It may be right to certain extent. I have also learnt from our doctor that few vitamins are synthesized by our body but as our body needs around 13 vital vitamins, we need to supply with food and supplements.

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I've never tried chia seed flax does seem to have more vitamins but i'm told that minerals can act as a substitute for vitamins in the body.In other words the body can manufacture vitamins from minerals in the liver I assume then the intestines do have benificial bacteria that could do the same.

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