Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They are an abundant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber.
Power of a Mighty Seed
For ages, these tiny seeds have been consumed in Native American cultures and were known as “running food”. The first records of chia seeds as a high energy endurance food go back far to the Ancient Aztecs. It was said that Aztec warriors survived on chia seeds during battles. Other records show that Native Americans who were traveling to the California coast from Colorado to trade turquoise for seashells would bring with them only the Chia seeds as the primary nourishment.
Chia Seeds Benefits
Chia seeds balance sugar levels, diminishing energy serges while creating a fueling effect of long and stable energy durations. They assist your body in obtaining a high endurance level by slowing down the conversion of carbs to sugar.
Chia seeds have exceptional hydrophilic properties as well (they absorb more than 12 times their weight in water). This quality offers Chia seeds an ability to prolong hydration. Liquids and electrolytes provide a supportive environment to the precious life of all human body cells, that is why regulating them to remain as constant as possible is very important. Chia seeds allow your body to retain moisture and to regulate the absorption of nutrients and body fluids more efficiently.
Chia seeds are relatively easy to digest. They don’t have to be ground like flax seeds. Soaked chia seeds are gelatinous and commonly used in puddings, overnight oats, vegan cooking and baking as an egg substitute.
1 Tbsp of chia seeds combined with 2.5 – 3 Tbsp of water is equivalent to 1 egg. (find the recipe below)
Along with the potent antioxidant benefits (they have higher antioxidants than blueberries), chia seeds may support cardiovascular health, prolonged energy, and endurance. Being very high in soluble fiber, Chia seeds aid healthy digestion and a healthy detoxification response along with healthy joint function.
Macro and Micronutrients of Chia Seeds
Lipids/Fatty Acids (Omega 3 & 6, 35%) ;
Carbohydrates and Fiber (25%);
Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc;
Vitamins: Alpha-Tocopherol, A (IU), C, E, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin;
Amino Acids: Arginine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Valine, Serine, Tryptophan, Threonine, Tyrosine;
Phytochemicals: caffeic acid, gallic acid, protocatechuic ethyl ester, phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid;
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp water (filtered or spring variety)
- Place chia seeds into a small bowl and combine with water. Stir and let rest for 5 minutes.