Here’s why you should start consuming chia seed – Amazing health benefits
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia grows natively in South America, and was an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. The name “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” But, although Chia seeds have ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did Chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood. In 28 grams serving of chia seeds, there are 11 grams protein, 9 grams fats (5 of which are Omega-3s) Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus.They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
1 Chia seeds are great source of antioxidants
These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid. Although, antioxidant supplements are not very effective, getting antioxidants from foods can have positive effects on health. Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer. It is believed that chia seeds have more antioxidants than blueberries.