Chia seeds famously known as “Basil seeds” or “salvia hispanica” is now and then have become very much famous due to weight loss. Not only for weight loss they are also known to help reduce inflammation, triglycerides and blood cholesterol. We usually see them in every dessert and in recipes.
Chia seeds are highly nutritious which contains magnesium, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, high amount of fiber which are not only tasty but also healthy.
One ounce of chia seeds contains 42% of your daily fiber, that means your body is getting enough of fiber content.
How to drink chia seeds?
It’s better to drink chia seeds in water rather than taking raw. Take chia and water in the ratio of 1:10 and soak for 15 mins before drinking. The weight and size of chia exceeds 12 times more than its original size.
Health benefits of chia seeds :
Skin aging :
Chia seeds are one of the highest antioxidants called natural phenolic which prevents from damaging the skin. These antioxidants repairs the skin system and protects from skin aging.
A healthy heart :
chia seeds contains omega 3 fatty acids, which removes the bad cholesterol, lowering blood pressure levels, removes inflammation and helps good cholesterol in coming in.
Helps digestive system :
As chia seeds are rich in fiber, eleven grams of chia seeds is enough to remain stable and keeps your stomach full for the whole day. They control the insulin levels, blood sugar levels in the body. The fiber present in chia seeds forms gel- like substance which works on prebiotics, as they support for the growth of probiotics in gut.
Remember that probiotics start working right away.
For bone health :
Chia seeds contains Boron a nutrient for bone strength. It helps to metabolize calcium, phosphorus, magnesium to give bone health. One ounce of chia seeds contains 18% calcium which is required to bone and muscle strength.
Fights diabetes :
Dyslipidemia an excessive fat in the blood and insulin resistance are the two components which are responsible for developing diabetes. This can be cut short by taking chia seeds and the dyslipidemia was completely prevented and insulin resistance came to halt.
Increases energy and sustains metabolism :
By consuming chia seeds, there is an improved energy and increases metabolism. The “visceral adipose tissue” a belly fat tissue which is responsible for belly fat and obesity, can be controlled through chia seeds. If chia seeds taken on empty stomach during exercises, the workouts will last for 90 days that to without sugar.
Weight loss :
Chia seeds is exclusively known for weight loss. As chia seeds expands more than its size in water, it keeps body hydrated and slows down the digestion which in turn keeps your stomach full. It helps in burning fat. Chia seeds contains zinc which helps to increase leptin. Leptin is the hormone, which sees to it that the amount of food to be circulated to which part of the body, keeping you in shape.
Dental health :
Teeth requires calcium, and chia seeds has abundant of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc properties. Tartar a dental plaque is easily avoided by zinc,and this can be grasped by consuming seeds. It also helps in fighting germs and bad breath.
Side effects of chia seeds:
Digestion problem :
Excessive intake of chia seeds will lead to diarrhea, constipation, indigestion. The excessive fiber intake leads to stomach bloating. This happens with high fiber intake and with less water. Because water helps fiber to pass through,the chia seeds remaining in the stomach may lead to abdominal pain and sometimes bleeding as well.
Risk of choking :
Chia seeds when soaked in water expands 10 times more than its original size. Make sure you are swallowing with sufficient water, as there are cases that they got stuck while swallowing and aroused problem of choking. Never take chia seeds directly and have water, because cases have shown that after taking raw chia seeds and taking water, will have a blockage in esophagus.
After the chia seeds are taken for the first time, observe that you are not prone to any allergies. Allergies include vomiting, diarrhea, irritation, breathing, etc., some cases have shown that some are prone to allergy, resulting in breathing problem, etc., Chia seeds are not supposed to be taken with some of the foods like mustard, sesame, thyme, etc.,
Does not go well with medications :
People who are taking blood pressure and sugar medications should not interact with chia seeds. As they may completely lower the sugar and blood pressure levels, this may not be wise. If else you want to take chia seeds, then moderate levels are preferred.
Bottom line :
As chia seeds expands 12 times than its original size, its a good hydrating property to our body. So maximize the intake of water while taking chia seeds. For the beginners who are consuming chia seeds for first time take in less quantities as they contain high amount of fiber.