As far as superfoods go, chia seeds top the list. Always. With countless medicinal properties and tons of nutritional value, chia seeds need to become your best friend. Moreover there are also loads of delicious ways you can boost an original recipe at home. Here are just ~three~ important reasons you need to add chia seeds to your everyday routine.
Chia Seeds Pack a Nutritional Punch
Don’t let yourself get fooled by the size. These super tiny seeds pack a seriously powerful nutritional punch – just take a look below.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains the following:
– Fiber: 11 grams
– Protein: 4 grams
– Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s)
– Calcium: 18% of the RDA
– Manganese: 30% of the RDA
– Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
– Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
– Plus, they contain a good amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Helps With Weight Loss
Now here’s the all magical health benefit of chia seeds – they help with weight loss. Thanks to the fact that chia seeds are brimming with high fiber and protein contents, it also means this: the fiber absorbs large amounts of watch that will then expand in your stomach. So what does that mean? Basically, as the seeds expand, they cause you to feel more full and slow down the absorption of food. Probably the easiest weight loss tip we could give you. Add chia seeds to yogurt, pudding, water, cereal, in a stir fry, and so on.
Improves Exercise Performance
Let’s carry on with weight loss for a minute. Why? Chia seeds can actually help to improve your exercise performance. If not equal to or more than a sports drink can. However most sports drinks are brimming with sugar and caffeine, meaning you need more water to remain hydrated and to maintain balanced performance within your body. Now if you choose a chia seed pre or post workout drink, you will receive a natural boost of sustained energy and hydration.
**An easy drink recipe for weight loss and exercise performance: Add a spoonful of chia seeds with a dash of lemon to water or any caffeine-free sports drink. Otherwise, you can add chia seeds to any yogurt of your choosing for a natural energy boost.
Skin & Aging
Lastly, researchers from Mexico have recently revealed that chia seeds are loaded with a total natural phenolic (antioxidants) concentration that is nearly two times more than what was previously believed. Additionally, the antioxidant activity displayed stoppage of around 70% of free radical activity. Which means that the antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems, ergo this prevents any further damage like premature skin aging. Now if that doesn’t convince you to eat more chia seeds, and the weight loss, we don’t know what will!