Chia Seeds – Properties, benefits and uses
Most people have heard of the health benefits of Chia seeds, however, they may still wonder: what in fact are Chia seeds and in what ways can they be used? Below we provide an overview of important information’s about Chia seeds.
What is Chia?
Chia seeds are part of the plant that belongs to the family of Lamiacae, or mint. The Latin name for Chia is Salvia Hispanica. It originated from Mexico and Guatemala, and through the history was very important for the ancient people of the Aztecs. But in spite of its ancient history as one of the main nutritional foods of old Aztecs and Maja civilizations, Chia’s seeds have also become modern and very popular foodstuff.
Fortunately enough, Chia seeds are also a simple food that can be easily fit into our diet. Chia seeds can be consumed whole or milled, while other seeds must be treated before consumption to obtain their health benefits.
High quality natural seeds are black or white in colour. White Chia seeds have more protein than black whereas black seeds have more fibre than white.
Why using Bioandina Chia Seeds?
Do you have your own butcher or your peasant acquaintances from the market from which you buy fresh cheese or eggs? I think it is too redundant to explain why we are forced to buy “homemade food” and why it is difficult to find a “real marketer” from the village, whose hens’ runs freely in the yard without being fed with artificial food or with the steroids. Now imagine the situation when you are buying food from South America (the question is can we even trace such food from that continent) through how many check points it has passed and how much paper work about ecological cultivation has changed to reach our Croatian market. Bioandina was established with the idea to try to bring to our friends, relatives and acquaintances hard-to-find foodstuff from the Peruvian Andes. BIOANDINA Chia seeds of the Benexia species were grown in a traditional way in the Peruvian Andes, at an altitude of 2,400m in the Arequipa region. The region of Arequipa is best known for cultivating the high quality variety of Chie – Benexia. It stretches at great altitude which guarantees a completely ecological way of cultivating of such agricultural crops.
Chia Seeds – Properties, benefits and uses
These little black or white seeds are one of the healthiest foodstuffs. Today Chia seeds are commonly known as:
– Source of proteins
– A very rich source of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid)
– A rich source of fibre
It is also worth mentioning their rich nutritional content, such as quantities of calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, and a good source of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.
Can we consider Chia as a super food?
Although the term “super food” or “super foodstuff” is more used in advertising campaigns: these seeds certainly forms the category of highly nutritious foods due to the concentration and the abundant contents of nutrients they have.
Ideal supplement for diabetics
Although studies are still being carried out, it has been proven that Chia seeds help regulate blood sugar due to the fibre they contain. On the other hand, they also help lower blood pressure in people who suffer from this disease. This effect could be due to the rich content of alpha-linoleic omega-3 fatty acids.
Most similar super foods are usually used in diets intended for people who want to reduce their body weight. However, the main advantage of Chia seeds is that they contribute to a sense of satiety, which is one of the biggest challenges when implementing diet strategies for weight loss. This may be due to the ability to absorb liquids and to regulate blood glucose levels, thereby reducing desire for the sweet foods.
Chia’s offer pleasant taste
Chia seeds offer and produce pleasant and mild taste that ideally fit into a nutritious breakfast or any other meal. They can be mixed with milk, yogurt, water, vegetable beverages, smoothie or juice and do not change the taste of the food they were added to. Chia seeds are soluble in water where they form swellings and a fluid-like gel / gelatin mixture, so they can be used as a gelatinous agent. Before consummation, it is recommended to leave seeds submerged in water for approximately ten minutes.
Help at hand for those who suffer of constipation
This beneficial effect is the result of the properties and ability of fibres found in seeds to increase the volume once they enter digestive tract and to stimulate bowel movements (bowel peristaltic), what will result in the disappearance of digestive tract problems.
Help with bodily hydration after training
It is known that the human body must remain hydrated to function properly. Due to the ability of Chia seeds to absorb liquid, Chia seeds will indirectly contribute to body hydration. It’s ideal for people who are engaged in sports activities of higher intensity; but is also recommended to anyone who practices any physical activity.
If you have a very active day filled with multiple tasks and exercises, Chia seeds will give you more energy thanks to its potassium and protein content. If you are one of those who get up early in the morning or perform an intense routine exercises, you’ll benefit from consummation of Chia seeds.
Chia keeps your bones and teeth healthy
Health of the teeth and bones can be sustained thanks to phosphorus, which is also used in protein synthesis and cell and tissue repair.
Other advantages of Chia seeds
– Improves mood, regulates sleep and appetite
– Reduces levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides
– They do not contain cholesterol and contain 4,4 g of protein in just 28 g of these seeds.
– It contains manganese, a micro nutrient which contributes to the better use of other nutrients, such as vitamin biotin
– Chia contributes to the health of the nervous system due to the content of omega-3 fatty acids