Eating healthy and being active are two of the main topics of interest for a lot of people, and, every day, you can learn something new and useful to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life. Today, it is time you discovered some amazing but 100% proven facts about the already popular chia seeds, originating from South America.
Chia seeds are not a modern discovery – they have been used for centuries as energy boosters by the Mayans and, actually, the term “chia” is the Mayan word for “strength”. However, these seeds can do much more for your wellbeing than simply giving you an energy boost.
A. Weight Loss
Chia seeds are extremely rich in fibers and proteins. They will supply your body with a huge amount of valuable nutrients and very few calories. By adding chia seeds to your salad or yogurt, you get a satisfying meal that covers your dietary needs without the added load of calories. Also, the fibers contained in the chia seeds will give you a sensation of satiety without eating a large meal.
B. Effects on Blood Sugar
People suffering from type 2 diabetes should include chia seeds in their diet. Studies have shown that these seeds have the ability to balance and stabilize the levels of blood sugar, while raising one’s insulin resistance. These seeds are not a replacement for your daily medication and usual diet, but a great addition to them, to help you keep the blood sugar under control and feel great.
[Also Read]: Effective Ways To Stop Sugar Cravings.
C. Skin Benefits
Do you want a clear, youthful and healthy skin and strong hair and nails? Then you should start including chia seeds into your diet. Many beauticians and nutritionists call them not a superfood, but a miracle food, because they are rich in Omega 6 LA, Omega 3 and proteins – which are essential for maintaining your skin healthy.
D. Nutrient Rich
Just one ounce of chia seeds contains the following nutrients:
• 11g. of fiber;
• 4g. of protein;
• 9g. of fat (5 of them are type Omega 3);
• 18% of your daily need of Calcium;
• 30% of your daily need of Manganese;
• 30% of your daily need of Magnesium;
• 27% of your daily need of Phosphorus;
• Zinc, Potassium, Vitamin B3 (Niacin),Vitamins B1 and B2.
Looking at the numbers above, you should have already realized that simply sprinkling a spoon of seeds in your salad or yogurt will provide you with all the critical nutrients that your body needs in order to work properly and sustain physical effort.
E. Antioxidant Properties
Chia seeds deliver four times more antioxidants to your body than blueberries or other types of superfoods. Antioxidants are proven to fight against aging, to prevent heart diseases, Parkinson, Alzheimer and cancer. Every spoon of seeds you eat is a health boost and the guarantee of high energy levels and overall wellbeing.
Of course, eaten by themselves, these seeds cannot miraculously improve your life. You need to incorporate them in a healthy diet, exercise and avoid unhealthy habits which undermine all your other efforts for having a better, more fulfilled life.
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