A naturally gluten-free grain, chia is an annual herb grown in arid environments and sometimes referred to as Mexican chia, black chia, or Spanish sage.

 

When stored in a dry environment, chia seeds can be kept for years because their natural antioxidants prevent the deterioration of their important essential oils. Furthermore, the oil contains natural insect repellents so the plants can be grown without introducing harmful chemicals and pesticides.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Astonishingly high omega-3 which represents 75 percent its total oil content which are vital for protecting the heart from cardiovascular diseases as well as brain development.(1)

 

  • Very high in protein which is beneficial for the body to build muscles, enzymes, hormones and haemoglobin. (2)

 

  • Increases good cholesterol (HDLs) and reduces bad cholesterol (LDLs) from the blood which significantly reduces coronary heart disease related problems. (3)

 

  • Highly rich in vital amino acids, antioxidants, and flavonoids, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol which are effective for protecting cells and supporting skin and vision.(4)

 

  • Contain no cholesterol or sodium which is beneficial for weight loss. (5)

 

  • Consist of high stores of calcium, phosphorus and manganese which is beneficial for bone strength. (6)

 

  • Rich in the nutrient Niacin (vitamin B-3) that helps reduce bad cholesterol levels (LDLs) in the blood, prevent nervous system disorders, and increases neuron activity, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and lessens the effects of Alzheimer’s. (7)

 

  • Plentiful in fibre which is soluble and insoluble, creating a gelatinous effect when soaked in liquid, which helps you feel full and may contribute to weight loss. Furthermore, the gelatinous properties eases bowel movements. (8)

 

Chia Seeds Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, dried

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 490
Calories from Fat 257
Total Fat 31 g 47%
Saturated Fat 3 g 16%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 19 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 44 g 15%
Dietary Fibre 38 g 151%
Sugar
Protein 16 g
Vitamin A0% Vitamin C 19%
Calcium63% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake

 

 

 

 

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