Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Chia seeds; a superfood and a way to good health.

I have known the health benefits of chia seeds for some time.  What I didn’t know was that they also can greatly reduce or eliminate arthritic pain. This was confirmed to me by a friend who takes two spoonfuls of chia seeds per day (one in the morning and one in the evening) and is not suffering from arthritic pain anymore. I discovered that a lot of people have never heard of “chia seeds.” So, people who suffer from ill health may find this article interesting and may find it worth giving chia seeds a try. There is nothing to lose, but good health to gain.

And as the saying goes: “Being healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.”  Chia seeds are easily available at chemists, health shops or online. Please forward this posting to your contacts, the easiest way to do this is to copy the title and paste it into the body of the e-mail; it will then become a live link direct to this posting  - Werner
Chia Seeds - The Pinnacle Super food.
Chia seeds are one of nature's most perfect natural foods, and regarded by many nutritional experts as the pinnacle super food. Chia is a food that gives you high sustained energy, high fibre, and high perfectly digestible protein for muscle, and tissue regeneration.

There are immediate benefits and accumulated sustained health benefits from including chia seeds in your eating habits.
Some like energy, and healthy regularity, you will notice right away. Others like joint support, cardiovascular health, weight loss, muscle regeneration, etc. will exhibit itself after prolonged use. Overall, your health will be greatly improved with the regular addition of chia seeds to your daily eating habits. Small healthy changes to our daily habits that will become part of our enjoyed healthy daily routine will become second nature and greatly improve our quality of life.

Many respected experts say if they could have just one cup of food a day, chia seeds would be it. Not only does it have super nutritional value, but it tastes good, is inexpensive, goes well with many other foods, supports weight loss, and helps with a variety of medical conditions. Below we have listed short summaries of its various benefits. The more you learn about, and try chia seeds, the more you will love them.

Chia seeds are small oval seeds with a diameter of one millimetre. They are brown, grey, black, and white. They typically contain approx. 20% protein, 34% beneficial oil, 25% dietary fibre, and significant levels of antioxidants and Omega 3 and 6. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regard chia as a food with an established history of safe consumption. There are no known toxic effects of chia seeds, so you may consume without worries.

High Protein Food:
Chia has a higher percentage of protein than any other grain. Chia's protein is easily absorbed and digestible and can replace the protein supplied in protein shakes. It is a complete protein source, with all the essential amino acids (19 amino acids total) in appropriate balance.

High Fibre Food:
Chia is an excellent food source of high fibre. 5%-10% mucilloid soluble dietary fibre (helps lower cholesterol and manage diabetes) 90%-95% insoluble dietary fibre (promotes healthy regularity). Taking chia daily will greatly aid your regularity, and sweep out old debris in your intestines helping to detoxify your system naturally. Chia aids in the assimilation of other foods and hydration retention.

High Antioxidant Food:

Chia is a natural food that has high antioxidant levels, more than blueberries. This gives dry seeds a 4 to 5 year shelf life. To name some of the more important antioxidants chia provides: chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavanol glycosides.

Omega 3 and 6:
Chia is the richest natural source of Omega 3. Omega 3 and 6 help our brain functions and brightens our mood. They also help our central nervous system and cell membranes health. Chia has a favourite ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, and has the highest known natural percentage of alpha linolenic fatty acid. More than flax seeds (which needs to be ground, and has a limited shelf life) or salmon. Omega oils are important for vitamin assimilation and for the health of your vital organs, especially your thyroid and skin cells. Chia contains long chain triglycerides in the right proportions to reduce cholesterol on arterial walls. Chia is an important part of heart healthy eating and cardiovascular health.

High Energy Food:

Chia is known as a mega energy food. Athletes (like runners, climbers, weight lifters, etc.) take it because of it's prolonged sustained release of energy. It has twice the potassium as bananas. It easily gives me sustaining energy for my daily cardio and resistance workouts. You will be amazed at your energy increase.

Natural Weight Loss Aid:
Chia is called the 'Dieter's Dream Food'. It bulks up other foods, displacing calories without changing the flavour. It is filling, so you eat less, yet you don't feel weighed down. It also helps clean out your intestines.

Muscle and Tissue Regeneration:

Chia seeds promote regeneration of muscles and tissues that have been damaged. Chia's essential fatty acids boost metabolism and given it's being an optimal source of protein and balanced amino acids, build and maintain lean muscle mass. Chia seeds and chia seed oil, applied externally, or taken internally, are great for your hair and skin.

Stabilizes Blood Sugar:
Chia seeds are great for the 'diabetic diet'. When eaten with other foods it creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. This slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. The energy from food is released more steadily, thus not getting a sugar spike after eating foods. Chia helps lower insulin sensitivity. It also lowers systolic and diastolic pressure.

Joint Pain Relief:
Daily use of chia over time will greatly reduce or eliminate joint pain. Many with joint pain and the choice of surgery or giving up physical activity, experience an end to joint pain after a few months of use without giving up activities they enjoy.

Hydration and Electrolyte Retention:
One property of the chia seed, when exposed to liquid, is that it is a hydrophilic colloid. That is a gel like substance that’s forms the underlying elements of living cells. The seeds absorb and retain 10-12 times their weight in water. Consuming them helps you retain hydration and your electrolyte balance. This property also aids in the digestion of other foods.

Easily Digestible Food:
Chia is very easily digested and assimilated by our bodies. There are no known food allergies, or sensitivities to chia. It is not toxic.

Medical Conditions:
Chia seeds are said to help with the following medical conditions: Anti-inflammatory - Healing wounds – Constipation - Prostate problems - Attention deficit disorder – AIDS - Thyroid disorders – Menopause – PMS - Digestive problems – Diabetes - Celiac disease - Hypo-glycaemia - Weight loss – Cholesterol – IBS. For Acid Reflux Take 1 1/2 tablespoons with just enough water to swallow, wait 5 minutes (time for the chia to absorb stomach acids) drink a glass of water.

Naturally Organic Food Advantages:
Insects dislike chia, so it is not treated with pesticides. It is mechanically harvested and cleaned. So it is naturally organic. Don't fall for the high prices of organic or white chia. Chia is typically the same.

Long Lasting:
One fantastic property of chia seeds is they have a very long shelf life. 4 to 5 years for dry seeds, and 2 to 3 weeks for refrigerated gel.

Inherent Vitamins and Minerals:
Vegan – Kosher - GMO free - No trans fat - Gluten free - Trace levels of sodium - Balanced ratios of macronutrients - High in: B vitamins - Calcium (more then milk) - Phosphorus - Potassium (more than bananas) - Zinc - Boron – Copper - Magnesium – Manganese – Iron- C vitamins.

How to make a “Chia Fresca,” the perfect before-the-gym endurance drink? To be taken about 30 minutes before a workout.
1 cup spring or filtered water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice
2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
Whisk the chia seeds into the water and allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes. Stir in lemon or lime juice and agave and whisk well. Drink immediately. Makes 1 serving.
Chia seed are good tasting and versatile:
The taste of chia is very mild. Many say it has no flavour, while some say it tastes slightly nutty. You can take chia seeds raw by themselves, or sprinkle them on salads, soups, cereal, etc. Try stirring it in your favourite Greek yogurt. The easiest way to take them is to stir a couple of tablespoons in a glass of water, stirring occasionally to keep from clumping, waiting about 5 minutes for the seeds to soften, then consume.

You can also cook with them and add them to virtually any food or drink without changing the flavour, but greatly enhancing it's nutritional value. When chia seeds come in contact with liquid, they start to turn into gel. This gel is a great thickener for sauces, etc. A chia gel is made by adding a small to moderate amount of water to a portion of chia seeds; this is perfect to add to recipes and will keep for weeks in the refrigerator.

Cooking does not negatively affect the good properties of chia. Many like chia in their juices, smoothies or shakes, others like to take the gel in their baked goods. Chia Fresca is fresh natural lemonade mixed with chia seeds, it is refreshing and very nutritional. Chia flour, chia oil extract, and chia sprouts are also available. We like to take 2 tablespoons in a glass of water about 3 times a day, it's easy and efficient.
Source of this article: http://www.healthy-eating-guidelines.net/chia-seeds.html 
My thought for today.Werner
Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. ~Josh Billings
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Sonja Hardy said...

A very easy, delicious and healthy 'chocolate pudding' can be made by soaking chia seeds in chocolate coconut milk, which is available in cartons in some health food shops. Other chocolate beverages would work too. Stir occasionally, and if the gel gets too thick add a bit more coconut milk, or if too liquid, add more chia. With practice you can get it to your preferred consistency. Best to soak it for at least a few hours - overnight is best. Goes really well with sliced banana or pear.

Young Mother said...

I must admit that I have never heard of “chia seeds” before, and I found this posting absolutely interesting. I will certainly give “chia” a go. Also, Sonja Hardy’s “chocolate pudding” recipe sounds good and, what I have learnt now about chia seeds; it would also be healthy.

Dymity said...

Thank you Werner for this information. I have of course heard previously of Chia seeds but did not realise all the benefits of consuming them so will look forward to trying them.