Health Tip#23

11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They’re loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.

  1. Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories. 28 grams – about two tablespoons – serving of Chia Seeds contains:
    • Fiber : 11 grams
    • Protein : 4 grams
    • Fat : 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s)
    • Calcium : 18% of the RDI
    • Manganese : 30% of the RDI
    • Magnesium : 30% of the RDI
    • Phosphorus : 27% of the RDI
    • They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2
  2. Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
  3. Almost All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber
  4. Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
  5. The High Fiber and Protein Content in Chia Seeds May Help You Lose Weight
  6. Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  7. Chia Seeds May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
  8. They’re High in Many Important Bone Nutrients
    • Chia Seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health
    • This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein
  9. Chia Seeds May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
    • High fasting blood sugar levels are a typical symptom of untreated type 2 diabetes
    • Consistently high fasting blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease
  10. They May Reduce Chronic Inflammation
    • Inflammation is your body’s normal response to infection or injury. Red and swollen skin is a typical example.
  11. Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
    • They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridge, pudding, smoothies or added to baked goods.
    • You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
    • Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and as egg substitutes in recipes.
    • They can also be mixed with water and turned into a gel.

Adding Chia Seeds to recipes will dramatically boost their nutritional value.