The ancient Mayan word for strength is “chia.” Both the Aztecs and Maya treasured chia seeds as a superfood long before modern civilization coined the term. Now we, too, can benefit from nutrient-rich, energizing chia seeds, or Salvia Hispanica. Here are seven healthy reasons to get your chia on!
Health Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds
3. Some studies have shown that chia seeds might help lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, and cut the risk of heart disease and stroke. (Consumer Reports)
4. Chia seeds are a gluten-free whole-grain.
5. Need a natural energy boost? Have some chia seeds!
6. When wet, they provide a healthy thickener for soups, smoothies, sauces, and are a delicious addition to cereals, drinks, yogurt . . .
7. And chia seeds can aid in weight-loss due to their high fiber content and gel-like substance when hydrated, both of which cause a satisfying filling effect. Weight-loss results may vary from person to person.
Chia Seeds Are Not Super for Everybody
3. Those on certain medications (e.g., blood pressure meds and blood thinners . . .) should eat chia seeds with caution.
Chia seeds are a safe food, but it’s wise to consult your medical health professional if you’re concerned they may interact with your medication, and list them with your vitamins and supplements when visiting the doctor.
Chia seeds are nutritious and delicious for the whole family. We could use some chia recipes! Do you have any to share?