The Benefits of Chia Seeds

"Chi, Chi, Chi, Chia" – Who doesn't recall the song for the Chia Pet?  Believe it or not the seeds used for the Chia pet have many health benefits.  In 2014, I used them for my first the half marathon for extra energy mid-race rather than using the goo gels laden with sugar.  Preparation was simple – I soaked a TB of chia seeds in about a TB or so of water and made my own goo.  I have to admit, I added some cinnamon for flavor too which also has health benefits.  So, what are the health benefits you ask?  Chia seeds promote:

  • Heart Health
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Relief From Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Boost Mental Sharpness
  • Anti-Aging
  • Regulated Blood Pressure
  • Reduce Menopause Symptoms
  • Improved Digestion
  • Bone Health
  • Mental Health
  • Control Of Type ll Diabetes
  • Prenatal Health
  • Breast Health
  • Better Complexion
  • Improved Sleeping Patterns

These health benefits are related directly to the following nutrition values: 100% more Omega-3 Fatty acids than Salmon (my inflammation was low post run), 6 times more iron than Spinach, Double the antioxidants found in blueberries, 64% more potassium than a Banana (I never got cramps during the half marathon), 41% of your daily fiber, more than flax seed, 6 times more calcium than milk, 32% of your daily magnesium, more than broccoli.

I was surprised at my quick recovery post marathon, which I attribute directly to the chia seeds, well, and of course my peanut butter banana sandwich post run.  Chia seeds have over 27 key nutrients, contain over 9 essential amino acids and they do not contain any trace of cholesterol, which makes them perfect supplements for people who are looking for food items that are friendly to the heart.  Even though I used the seeds most recently as a gel, chia seeds are also ideal for anyone that is too busy to monitor their daily nutritional intake.  If you want a health boost but don't have enough time to prepare nutritious meals, you can add a teaspoon of seeds to your breakfast oats or your favorite low sugar morning cereal.  You can also add them to any baked goods.  For only forty-one calories in a single serving of chia seeds, when it comes to monitoring your daily nutrition, there is no guesswork.  Just in case you wondering, you can buy them at most nutrition and grocery stores.  Also, one of my favorite restaurants (First Watch) has a yummy special right now that includes coconut milk and chia seeds as a pudding – the AM Super Bowl.  Enjoy and let me know what you think on our Facebook page – BodyshopMJ.