The white and black Chia seeds are considered all-rounders and superfoods, which can have positive effects on both health and nutrition. The newly rediscovered Chia seeds were already used by the Mayas and Aztecs as a vital food. The plant Chia (Salvia Hispania) is native to Mexico and is botanically assigned to the labiate and the genus sage. In the following, let's take a closer look at the Chia plant and find out why the Chia seed can be a useful supplement in any nutritional program.
Chia seeds as a power donor
Chia seeds have been used as an effective medicine in ancient Mayan culture. Chia means "strength", as the consumption of these seeds provides a long-lasting energy in the body. According to ancient Mexican traditions, the runners are said to have been out of food for almost 24 hours, after only eating 2 tablespoons of chia seeds soaked in water. But what is actually the reason for this long-lasting vitality and energy? Chia seeds are referred to in our time as so-called superfood, because these small seeds can provide a lot of important nutrients and substances for the organism. Chia seeds contain almost twice as much protein as other seeds and are therefore also perfect for strength athletes as a dietary supplement. In 100 grams of chia seeds are about 21 percent protein, 4 percent carbohydrates and almost 34 percent fiber, which are mainly responsible for the long-lasting energy. Chia seeds also provide an optimal balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which can be important for blood pressure and blood lipid levels, for example. Chia seeds have five times the calcium content of milk and twice as much potassium as in bananas. The iron content is three times higher than in spinach and the vital antioxidants are three times higher than in the effective blueberries. Chia seeds can be stored for a long time without losing their taste or nutritional value. One speaks of four to five years, which can be stored Chia seeds without problems.
Chia seeds promote health
Many nutrition experts recommend chia seeds as an active ingredient for better digestion to boost blood sugar levels. Chia seeds slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, which has the advantage that the ingested food is released more slowly in the body and thus the organism has long-term energy available. This effect promotes the performance of the athlete as well as the health of the diabetic. In addition, they can also compensate for a loss of water through an intense physical stress in the organism. When chia seeds are soaked in water before consumption, they swell up and store the water. Chia seeds are gluten-free and therefore perfect for people who suffer from gluten intolerance.
Chia seeds as medicine
Chia seeds were, as mentioned above, used by the Mayas and Aztecs as food with medicinal properties. These little "miracle seeds" can bind and drain both acids and toxins. The high nutrient density also makes it ideal food, especially during pregnancy and lactation. Chia seeds are also recommended for the following complaints:
- joint pain
- Occurring wounds
- irritable bowel
- thyroid disease
- Heartburn and many other diseases