by Alex Ortner
November 23, 2011
guest contributor Brenda Cobb
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Chia seeds are one of the most
powerful and nutritious superfoods in the world.
Chia seed is an excellent source of
fiber, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with
vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3
essential fatty acids.
Everyone from children to senior
citizens can benefit from the wonderful nutritional qualities of
Chia seeds have,
more omega-3 than Atlantic
more antioxidants than fresh
more fiber than bran flakes
five times the calcium of milk
two times the amount of
potassium as bananas
three times more iron than
more protein, fiber and calcium
than flax seed
Adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
to your daily diet will give you approximately,
Chia seeds include,
Chia is an ancient superfood that is
very similar to flax, but without the estrogen and phytoestrogen
element. It is a great source of B vitamins including folic acid.
Chia has 3 to 10 times the oil concentration of most grains and 1˝
to 2 times the protein concentration of other grains. The oils are
the essential oils the body needs to help absorb the fat soluble
vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Chia seeds are energizing and give a boost of energy that lasts,
providing stamina and endurance. A single tablespoon could sustain
Aztec warriors for an entire day. Chia seeds reduce cravings.
Because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble
levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy
slowly into the bloodstream.
Chia seeds are easily digestible.
Unlike flax seed, chia seeds do not have to be ground up before you
ingest them. The human body can easily digest chia seeds, and with
about 7 grams of fiber per serving, they actually help digestion.
Chia seeds are convenient and versatile.
You can eat chia seeds straight from the
bag, mix them with your favorite drink, add them to your cereal or
salad, and just about anything else. Chia seeds last for years in
Chia seeds do good things for the body, like keeping blood pressure
and blood sugar under control. The omega-3 fatty acids in chia
protect against inflammation and heart disease.
Chia seeds come from
the desert plant
Salvia hispanica, a member of the
mint family that grows in southern Mexico.
In pre-Columbian times, chia seeds were
a component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and the basic survival
ration of Aztec warriors. They even played a role in religious
ceremonies. Supposedly, 1 tablespoon of the seeds could sustain a
person for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to
relieve joint pain and skin conditions.
It was a major crop in central and
southern Mexico well into the 16th century, but it was
banned after the Spanish conquest because of its association with
the Aztec ”pagan” religion. Over the past few decades, commercial
production has resumed.
Insects hate the chia plant, so it’s easy to find organic seeds.
Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without
becoming rancid and don’t require grinding. You can enjoy chia
seeds’ nutlike flavor by sprinkling ground or whole chia seeds on
cereal or salads, blend them in a smoothie, juice or water, or
create healthy, delicious dehydrated crackers or cookies. Eat a
handful of whole seeds as a snack or make your own chia smoothie.
Chia Seeds have many anti-aging properties. The seeds fight free
Aging happens when damaged cells are
replicated. Chia antioxidants act to neutralize the free radicals
that cause premature aging and flush out age-accelerating toxins.
Chia seeds help a person regain youthful exuberance, skin
elasticity, enhance hair, skin and nails, lubricate joints, reduce
inflammation and muscle soreness and speed rejuvenation as well as
lowering lactic acid buildup in muscles.
Chia provides 97% of its calories from high quality plant protein
and lipids with very few calories from carbohydrates.
The carbohydrate portion of Chia is
predominantly insoluble fiber, which is beneficial to digestion in
that it passes through the gastro-intestinal tract undigested
resulting in a non-caloric effect to the body.
Gram for gram, Chia is the highest
source of protein, bar none.
Banana Coconut Chia Pudding
2 ripe bananas
1 cup fresh coconut water
2 Tbs. chia seeds
Grind the chia seeds in the
Vita-Mix or other high speed blender. Add the bananas and
coconut water and blend until creamy. Take the mixture out
of the blender and allow it to thicken.
Enjoy this nutritious, delicious and