Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are so powerful that they can enhance your stamina and increase your power of endurance. Athletes consume chia to boost their performance. As they are rich in calcium and protein, chia seeds make body tissues strong and powerful. Chia seeds can help your body stay hydrated for longer and retain the electrolytes in bodily fluids.

Chia is one of my favourite superfoods because it’s comparatively cheap. Also, I eat very little dairy products, and chia seeds are an excellent way to top up on calcium. Chia seeds have 5 times more calcium than milk and are also very high in iron.

Chia seeds are very useful for healthy living. They can aid growth and tissue repair, weight loss, be used as an anti-inflammatory and lower blood pressure. They’re very high in omega 3 essential fatty acid, protein and soluble fibre. Chia seeds are also a good source of B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, boron, copper and magnesium. They contain no cholesterol.

Chia seeds are small, dark and nutty tasting seeds. They taste yummy sprinkled on cereal or salads. For smoothies, soak your chia seeds in water overnight. Soaked chia is like a jelly that thickens up your smoothies and makes them creamier. This jelly causes a slow release of carbohydrates.

Chia was one of the four main Aztec and Mayan crops, along with corn, amaranth and beans. An advantage of chia seeds is that they can be stored for a long time without deteriorating as they’re full of antioxidants. Buy organic chia seeds to maximise chia seed benefits.

Chia seed dosage

Adults: 10 to 25 grams daily
Children (5-12 years): 2 to 10 grams daily

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