Good things come in small packages – the same is true of chia seeds which are extremely good and power packed with nutrients and minerals. Chia seeds have become popular in recent years due to the many health benefits that can be gained by eating them on a regular basis. These seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet by doing things like mixing them into your yogurt at breakfast and adding them to a post-workout smoothie.
Chia seeds are a rich source of calcium. Two tablespoons of whole chia seeds provide more than 130 milligrams of calcium. Calcium plays a role in energy metabolism, and it may help regulate body composition and reduce body fat percentage.
Using chia seeds each day you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well! Studies show that the addition of chia seeds to your diet also reduces visceral adipose tissue, a “belly fat” tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity!
Maintains Blood Sugar and Cholesterol
Chia seeds are good for your overall digestive and metabolic health. Some of the most recent studies have linked chia seed consumption with healthy blood sugar levels, HDL (good cholesterol), cholesterol as well as reduced levels of triglycerides (blood fat) and LDL (bad cholesterol). These can safely be consumed by diabetics and can also aid in maintaining a healthy heart and bones.
Fight Breast and Cervical Cancer
Chia seeds are rich in alpha lineic acid which is an Omega-3 fatty acid. Journal of Molecular Biochemistry found that ALA limited the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers. They also found that it caused cell death of the cancer cells without harming the normal healthy cells.
Benefits of Soaking Chia Seeds
Chia seeds can give your immune system a serious boost as a side effect of balanced gut health consuming the seeds help produce. The immune system is impacted by your gut health, so improving your gut can help you to avoid many types of diseases and illnesses.
Did you know eating chia seeds can improve your bone health? One serving of Chia seeds contains 18 percent of your daily recommended intake of calcium which is beneficial for maintaining good, strong bones.
Soak the seeds in almond milk or water (1/4 cup seeds to 1 cup liquid) until they take on a chewy texture reminiscent of tapioca pudding, about 20 minutes. Soaked chia seeds can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, so you can make a big batch at the start of the week.
Throw them in your smoothies, yogurt or even in oatmeal!