Chia seeds are making a comeback in stores near you. NO, not the ones that you saw in commercials in the 90s that used the catchy phrase “ch ch ch ch chia”. I am talking about chia seeds. The miniscule black seeds that were staple foods for the ancient Aztecs and Mayans well before the Spanish conquest occurred.
For the Aztecs and Mayans, chia seeds were considered magical because consuming them caused one to have increased stamina and energy for an extended timeframe. This made chia seeds an essential part of the Aztecs and Mayan runner’s diets. It is no surprise why Chia in the Mayan word means “strength”.
Chia seeds and their benefits were almost annihilated because the Spaniards prohibited the farming of them. As more Americans, nutritionists, and scientists are beginning to embrace natural solutions for their health purposes, chia seeds are again booming in popularity as their benefits are becoming more main-stream.
The health benefits of chia seeds are countless. For example, some of the nutritional benefits include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, protein, and more! For this reason, according to Lindsey Duncan, a nutrition specialist from The Dr. Oz Show, chia seeds are a “super”, like a super fruit because they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.
Chia seeds also deliver three times more calcium than milk and have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. In addition, the magical black seeds’ high fiber content also contributes to weight loss. Since these seeds absorb fluid up to 12 times its own weight and expand, appetites are thus curbed, preventing over eating. So, by adding chia seeds to your diet, you can reduce calorie intake and reap the many nutritional benefits from this magical black seeds.
Chia seeds also do more than just aid the inside of your body. They are also used as key ingredients for organic beauty products. According to Kirsten Hudson, from the Huffington Post, when chia seeds are cold pressed into oil, the chia oil does beauty wonders on the skin. For example, the chia oil hydrates, rebuilds, protects and calms. The powerful antioxidants that they contain make the oil exceptional at protecting the skin from aging and powerful sun rays. It can also work as an anti inflammatory, reducing redness and blemishes, which makes it desirable for those suffering with acne. Even though chia seeds are not as well known for their beauty benefits, eventually, they may be as sought after for more than their nutritional perks.
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