Chia seeds have been known to men for thousands of years. These seeds have been a part of the ancient Aztec diet, and they are now grown commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. They are also an excellent source of fiber, omega-3’s, and various other health benefits.
Chia seeds contain more calcium than most dairy products providing 18% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults in a single ounce. They also contain phosphorus, magnesium and protein – all important for bone heath.
According to a study, people who consumed more alpha lineic acid (ALA) had fewer symptoms of depression than those who did not. Moreover, the person who consumed omega-3 from fish did have symptoms of depression meaning that it’s ALA, not other kinds of omega-3s that aid in reducing depressive symptoms.
The ALA found in chia seeds can limit growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers.
Chia’s fiber helps digestion and keeps bowel-related ailments (like constipation) away.. Every 100 gram will give you close to 40g of dietary fiber. Fiber also helps in relieving from bowel inflammation, irritability and helps in regulating cholesterol levels as well. Furthermore, fiber helps in losing weight by absorbing large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which helps slow the absorption of food.
Chia seeds are known energy boosters. The energy produced by these seeds lasts longer allowing one to perform day-to-day tasks without getting tired and stressed. They are also important in regulating insulin levels. In fact, they can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, arthritic patients can greatly benefit from chia seeds. They have been found to be effective in reducing the pain and inflammation, associated with the condition.