THE BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are part of the food group defined as superfoods because of the health benefits they bring.
Superfoods are attributed to energising, tonic, and antioxidant properties. These are derived from nutritional characteristics or from overall chemical concentration.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS?
Chia seeds are the fruit of an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the mint family. The plant is native to Guatemala.
It’s possible to extract up to 25-30% oil from chia seeds. In addition to the excellent lipid production, chia seeds are also used for the extraction of soluble fibre.
This is a dietary fibre that dissolves in aqueous solutions. It is rich in health benefits and chelating properties and is great for cholesterol.
There are no interactions between chia seeds, drugs, or other substances.
Chia seeds can also be useful in the kitchen.
They can be an alternative ingredient in the production of several recipes and are on the market all year round.
WHAT DO CHIA SEEDS DO?
Chia seeds represent a food rich in ‘good fats,’ known above all for their nutraceutical and phytotherapeutic potential.
Chia seeds are a rich source of macro and micronutrients and fibre. They provide many health benefits:
The fibres found within the seeds are great for the intestine and help preserve gut health.
The ideal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 helps control inflammation, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The ideal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 seems to help prevent some types of cancer.
Chia seeds are a source of molecules that promote good metabolism, protecting bone and teeth health as well as helping the proper development of the nervous system during gestation.
They possess antioxidant functions.
They are low in glycemic index.