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There is a reason that the name “chia” in Mayan means strength, and why in Asia its regarded as the “Indian running food”.

Despite their size, they really do pack a punch nutritionally.One tablespoon provides more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon and more antioxidants than a cup of blueberries! There was a reason the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans made these seeds a staple of their diets, and although we won’t be hunting for our food or building temples like them, they can provide a large caffeine (and jittery) free dose of energy to help fuel those workouts and busy days that require an extra boost.

These seeds are coined with the term “superfood” which has become an all too common turn of phrase. But aside from all those healthy hipsters sipping their flat whites, the reality is that these chia seeds are very very good for you. The benefits are wide ranging and at times surprising. The phrase “good things come in small packages” really does apply to this little seed.

Thinking about shedding some pounds? As a weight loss tool chia seeds are a wonder, their ability to absorb ten times their own weight in liquid can help you to feel fuller for longer and prevent snacking. Talk about nature’s own appetite suppressant. Their high fiber content also helps to maintain a healthy gut as well as eliminating toxins from the body through maintaining regularity.

They also provide all nine of the amino acids required for growth and repair as well as controlling blood sugar levels. These seeds slow down the release of sugar from starches, preventing those high spikes in energy we feel when we overload on carbohydrates.

So why not give these little seeds a try, sprinkle them on your breakfast, drink them in your water or juice or use them as substitutes in your recipes.

April 24, 2015 by Christopher Rosario
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