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What are chia seeds?

Chia Seeds are an ancient super-food rich in Omega 3, 6, fibre and protein. Omega 3 and 6 helps support healthy heart and cardiovascular systems. One of the richest natural source of fibre, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. buy chia seeds

Chia seeds have been recorded back to 3500 BC where the seeds was cherished by the tribes of Central America. Through time Chia seeds were forgotten and maze and corn took their place. In 1991 a number of eminent researchers took it upon themselves to re-discover a number of foods; the Chia Seeds was one of them. The Chia seeds are small in size, about the size of a pin head. The scientific name for the Chia seed is Salvia Hispanica.

The Chia seed comes from the Salvia Hispanica plant, it's a type of sage in the family of mint. The ancient Aztec's had Chia Seeds as a staple diet with other food. The Chia Seeds are commercially grown in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. Since Chia Seeds rediscovery it has often been called a super food which has many dietary benefits. Helping the body to retain liquid content and electrolytes and forms a gel in your stomach. This gel slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar in your body. Chia seeds build tissues and muscle and have protein and boron, which are known for absorption of calcium.

Chia seeds taken in capsule form are digested deep inside the body and is a excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre which help in your digestion, known as dietary fibre. Chia seed capsules have more Omega-3 than Atlantic salmon, more anti-oxidants than fresh blueberries, more fibre than bran flakes, more calcium than two percent milk and more protein, more fibre and more calcium than flax seed.

 

The benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been recommended for alternative treatment of cancer. Chia Seeds can boost your energy levels and provide essential nutrients in your body which are the basic building blocks required to help in cancer treatments. This seed is also an excellent source of vitamin B-17.

Chia Seeds have been scientifically proven to have immense nutritional and medicinal importance as a result Chia seeds are recommended regularly by doctors and the dieticians all over the world.

Chia Seeds are tasteless and therefore they can be added anywhere in your reular diet.

How can the Chia Seeds help in loosing weight? The nutritional value in Chia seeds provide the body with a good amount of energy and as the Chia seeds do not contain fats it can help you to stay healthy and fit without gaining much weight.

Chia seeds can absorb water so while you are on the Chia diet it is very filling because you take in very little other solids but plenty of water which will help your body to remove toxins. With a small portion in your diet you will get all the necessary components for your body. A regular intake of Chia seed capsules is not only helpful in reducing weight but can also help you to keep blood sugar levels in check.


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The side effects of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are good but at the same time there are some side effects of these seeds. One of the effects it can have on you is lowering the blood pressure, especially if you are in an older age group. Chia seeds are actually capable of lowering blood pressure to a dangerous level.

Should you have a reaction when you eat Chia seeds, then you must avoid Chia seeds completely. People who are suffering with heart problems must avoid these seeds. People who take blood thinners like warfarin should exclude this from their diet as Chia seeds increase the risk for bleeding. It may cause allergic reactions as it is the member of the salvia genus.

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Chia Seeds Vs. Flax Seeds

Researches have shown that Chia seeds are not only effective for people who want to reduce weight but also medically proven to have the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Comparing Chia seeds with the Flax seeds we can see that a unit of Flax contains 492 kilo calories of energy whereas the same unit of the Chia contains 525 kilo calories. However the fat content is lower in the Chia seeds than the Flax. The dietary fibre content in the Flax is also lower than Chia seeds. Chia seeds contain 631 mg calcium in per 100 grams whereas the Flax seeds contain only 199 mg.

The main difference between the two seeds is the amount of the antioxidants in them. The Flax seeds do not contain any antioxidants but the Chia seeds have Caffeic acid, Chlorogenic acid and substances like Myricetin, Quercetin and Kaempferol which removes the free radicals from the blood and purifies it resulting in better blood circulation.

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Nutritional Value of Chia Seeds

Twenty percent protein, thirty four percent oil and twenty-five percent dietary fibre make it very high in nutritional value. It has no gluten so is ideal for people with celiac disease.

Chia seeds have hydrophilic properties which means it has higher ability to absorb water. It has the ability to hold water for a longer time and keep you hydrated. Fluids and electrolytes in Chia seeds provide essential vitamins and minerals that support your body cells and help your body can absorb nutrients better than before.

Chia seeds are a great source of protein. Consumption results in rapid transportation to your tissues where the cells can utilize the nutrients immediately. This assimilation makes Chia seeds very effective when fast development of tissue occurs in your body. This is especially beneficial for children and adolescents. It is also great for pregnant women, athletes and weight lifters as it increases regeneration of your muscle tissue.

Chia seeds havea high content of oil and Omega-3 fatty acids. These oils have unsaturated fatty acids which are required in your body to absorb the fat soluble vitamin A, D, E and K. These fatty acids cannot be produced naturally by your body.

Chia also contains boron which works as a catalyst to utilize the calcium in your body.

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Chia seeds Capsules

Nutritional Information

Calorie Information

Qty per 6 capsules (4g) %DV
Calories 19.57 (82.14 kJ
From Carbohydrate 7.14 (29.85 kJ)
From Fat 10.30 (43.14 kJ)
From Protein 2.17 ( 9.08 kJ)
From Alcohol   ( 0.00 kJ)

Carbohydrates

   
Total Carbohydrate 1.75g 0.57%
Dietary Fibre 1.51g 6.00%
Starch 0.0g  
Sugars 0.0g  

Fats & Fatty Acids

   
Total Fats 1.23g 1.86%
Saturated Fat 0.13g 0.57%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.09g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.93g  
Trans fatty acids 0.0g  
Trans-monoenoic fatty acids 0.0g  
Trans-polyenoic fatty acids 0.0g  
Omega-3 fatty acids 702.14mg  
Omega-6 fatty acids 231.4mg  

Protein & Amino Acids

   
Protein 0.57g 1.28%

Vitamins

   
Vitamin A 0.0g  
Vitamin C 0.0g  
Vitamin D 0.0g  
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.0g  
Vitamin K 0.0g  
Thiamin 0.0g  
Riboflavin 0.0g  
Niacin 0.0g  
Vitamin B6 0.0g  
Folate 0.0g  
Vitamin B12 0.0g  
Pantothenic Acid 0.0g  
Choline 0.0g  
Betaine 0.0g  

Minerals

   
Calcium 25.29mg 2.5%
Iron 0.0g  
Magnesium 0.0g  
Phosphorus 37.86mg 3.86%
Potassium 6.4mg 0.14%
Sodium 0.76mg  
Zinc 0.14mg 1.00%
Copper 0.01mg 0.43%
Manganese 0.09mg 4.29%
Selenium 0.0g  
Fluoride 0.0g  

Sterols

   
Cholesterol 0.0g  
Phytosterols 0.0g  

Other

   
Alcohol 0.0g  
Water 0.2g  
Ash 0.2g  
Caffeine 0.0g  
Theobromine 0.0g  

 

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