Chia seeds have some many benefits for our bodies!
When chia seeds are mixed with water or stomach juices a gel is formed that slows the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar) for energy. Thus, eating chia helps balance our blood sugar levels, and may reduce the need for an insulin surge or spike to lower the blood sugar level after eating chia. This can support diabetic conditions.
THYROID : Chia seeds contain Manganese which is required for the natural functioning of the thyroid gland.
DIGESTION: Chia aids people who have digestive disorders. There are other things that can offer the same benefit such as edible seaweeds and beetroot juice, however none are as inexpensive and neutral tasting as chia.
HYDRATION : Chia seeds also prolong hydration due to being hydrophilic (having the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water). This also means it retains electrolytes in body fluids which in turn supports the life of all body cells.
OMEGA 3 – Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids required for the normal functioning of the body. They are not efficiently synthesized in the body and we need to get them from food sources. There are three main types – ALA (found in plant oils), DHA and EPA (found in fish and algal sources). Chia seeds are a great source of ALA, which is partially converted to DHA and EPA in the body. 55% of the Chia’s fat content is Omega 3, 18% is Omega 6 and 6% is Omega 9. Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and affect the blood vessels and joints.
PROTEIN –Chia seeds contain all nine essential amino acids making them a complete source of quality protein. Protein is one of the fundamental building blocks of our muscles, cells and tissues. Our body constantly requires protein to help repair cells and make new ones. Proteins are made up of amino acids, some of which the body can synthesize and some which it cannot – the latter are called essential amino acids and are supplied to the body entirely by food sources.
CALCIUM –Plays a crucial role in bone structure and also for muscle function. It also helps maintain the PH balance of the blood. Calcium also helps in nerve signal transmission, blood clotting and blood vessel function.