Chia is a popular superfood that helps support your body including your skin, brain health, cholesterol levels, nervous system, digestive health and weight management. Chia seeds are tiny, either black or white in colour, they are a member of the mint family. These seeds are small, but they carry a lot of goodness. Chia is virtually tasteless making it an easy addition to your drinks, baked goods, salads and many of your favourite recipes.
Mood Boosting Omega-3 – Chia is the richest plant source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids with eight times more Omega-3 than salmon. Fats make up to 60% of our brains and insulate nerve cells to provide communication between the cells. Omega-3 reduces inflammation in the blood vessels and cells of our brain, helping to promote good blood flow and a positive mood.
High Fiber for Digestive Health – Chia seeds have 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, helping regulate bowel movements, keeping you feel full longer, stabilising blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol levels.
Reduce Cravings – Chia has the ability to hold up to 16 times its weight in water and expands into a thick gel when mixed with liquids, bulking up your meal and help reducing your food intake. Along with chia’s high fibre content providing a slow release of energy, this superfood helps you feel full, stabilising your blood sugars and reducing cravings.
Gluten Free – Chia is ideal for those managing a gluten free diet. Gluten free wholegrain options are hard to find and chia is an excellent source of wholegrain nutrition. They are the only gluten free wholegrain that can be eaten raw, directly from the packet, without grinding or cooking.
High Quality Protein – Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, especially for vegans. Containing 20% protein and with all 8 amino acids, they are a valuable complete protein source for everyone. Protein is required to function every cell in our body and because it is not stored in the body we need to eat it every day. Our body uses protein to build and repair tissue, synthesize and regulate hormones and is the building block of bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood.
Anti Oxidants – Chia seeds are an excellent source of powerful anti oxidants, including Quercetin. Helping to fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress and damage to the cells. Quercetin has been linked to reducing the risk for heart disease, possibly also due to the high fibre content that lowers blood pressure.
Anti-aging – Chia has more anti-aging compounds than blueberries! Chia oil is made from pressed chia seeds and is rich in antioxidants (3 times more than blueberries!) and omega-3 fatty acids. The oil nourishes and moisturises your skin because it contains polyphenols, carotenoids and tocopherols compounds that smooth dry skin and protects cells from signs of ageing.
Enjoy chia seeds in drinks, baked goods, salads and your favourite recipes.