7 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

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!

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Health Benefits and Uses of Chia Seeds

1. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, including fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, and omega-3s in the form of alpha linolenic acid.2. While chia seeds have a high nutritional value, they are low in calories.

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

1. Some may be allergic to chia seeds.2. Those with, or at risk for, prostate cancer may want to avoid chia seeds due its omega-3s (alpha linolenic acid).

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?

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About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

5 comments on “7 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

  1. Until now I only thought they were good for growing “hair” on sculptures bald cartoon characters! Now that I know how nutritious they are I’ll have to try some!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  2. Mmm! I see your chia pudding with raspberries, a splash of coconut milk, and perhaps a sprinkle of pistachios. And now I’m in the mood for all kinds of chia-pudding-in-cute-little-jar mischief. Thanks for sharing!

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