Chia seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, native to Central America, have been cultivated since ancient times as a nutritious food crop. Chia seed has more Omega 3 and dietary fibre than any other food source.
If you’re looking for a new way to get a boost of nutrients into your daily diet, you might want to take your inspiration from the eating habits of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans who used to eat chia seeds to enhance their energy and endurance.
Chia Seeds Benefits
Providing a concentrated source of protein, essential fatty acids and fibre, chia seeds are considered one of the superfoods. As a superfood chia seed enhances energy and endurance and supply a full range of B vitamins including B17 (laetrile), good levels of calcium, trace minerals and antioxidants.
As a source of complete protein chia seeds contain all the essential amino acids we need. The high Omega 3 content promotes heart health and supports joint function and mobility. The fibre content promotes digestive health, bowel regularity, and balanced weight management.
How to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are primarily an easily digestible and highly nutritious whole food. They can be eaten raw or sprouted, used in smoothies, mixed into yogurt or porridge, for baking or chia puddings. It's recommended to soak them in water or milk overnight.
Chia Seeds Side Effects and Contraindications
Side effects are rare, but there are cases of allergy to chia seeds and also of bloating and gas from eating too many chia seeds. Chia seeds lower blood pressure so may be contraindicated if you are already hypotensive. Contraindicated if taking blood thinning medication.