Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds of the plant Salvia Hispanica. Chia means ‘strength’ in South America where these little seeds have been consumed for hundreds of years… I eat them everyday in my yogi breakfast and here are 5 reasons why….
- Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants – chia seeds are one of nature’s richest antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight the free radicals that cause cancer and ageing. They not only repair damaged cells but can donate electrons to stabilise free radicals.
- Chia seeds are a super good source of protein – a diet high in protein prevents us from snacking. Protein is also important for muscle repair as well as the growth of hormones and enzymes that are vital to a healthy functioning body.
- Chia seeds are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids – in particular the alpha-linolenic fatty acid which is known to lower blood pressure, act as an anti inflammatory, increase HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol.)
- Chia seeds contain Quercetin – which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic and anti-cancer properties. Quercetin also helps boost our energy levels.
- Chia seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals – calcium (healthy bones), magnesium (increases energy), manganese (helps absorb vitamins), zinc (healthy functioning of immune and digestive system), potassium, (enhances metabolism), vitamin B (healthy blood) and copper (reduces cholesterol).
Chia seeds are so versatile to use:
- Sprinkle on porridge
- Sprinkle on meat or fish
- Add to salads
- Mixix with yoghurt
- Add them to your baking – mix with muffins or banana bread
- Soak with almond milk and cinnamon for a yummy chia pudding!