Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians, bearing 2-3 times as much protein as grains. Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass but also helps to slowly release energy throughout the day. Add chia seeds to your porridge or granola at breakfast to enjoy the slow release of energy from this high protein seed. One heaped tablespoonful (15g) of chia seeds provides 3.1g of protein.
It is also an excellent source of fibre – fibre is one of the best ways of promoting digestive health, enabling the system in the absorption of more valuable nutrients, while the waste materials are flushed out of the digestive system.
Chia seeds have both soluble and insoluble fibre, this, and their significant omega-3 content contribute to its cardiovascular benefits. The total fibre content of dried chia seeds is around 38 percent, and the soluble fibre content is around 5 percent.
Omega 3 fatty acids are the essential fats that the body needs yet cannot produce on it own: chia is one of nature’s richest plant sources. These fatty acids help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels and are also good for your brain, and could help fight brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Chia seed is also helpful for diabetics or the insulin resistant due to its blood sugar stabilizing properties. Chia can help in shedding excess weight because it slows the absorption of carbohydrates and provides a feeling of fullness for longer periods.
Chia reduces tiredness and fatigue owing to its high iron content (3 times as much as in spinach). Iron plays an important role in the body, helping the blood carry oxygen around the body to your cells. This is particular important when you are training, but it is also important to ensure you are getting enough iron in your diet on a daily basis to avoid feeling tired and fatigued as the day progresses.
These tiny seeds are chock-full of calcium, a spoonful provides you with 9% RDA of calcium. Chia also has boron in it, which is a trace element that is needed to help the absorption of calcium in the body, to help build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. This is particularly important with children whose bodies are still developing.
Chia is a terrific antioxidant that helps combat illness and stays in the system much longer than vitamin C. It supports the immune system and contributes to keeping the body well-hydrated and maintaining the optimal balance of electrolytes.
MyChia can be consumed in jam, shakes, cake, pastry or virtually anything at all. It is outstandingly versatile and has a neutral taste that does not affect the taste of the food.