Chia seeds are listed amongst Superfoods and they are definitely worthy of the honour. In this article, I shall share with you some reasons why you must consider adding Chia seeds to your diet. Well, not only are these loaded with a lot of essential nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of antioxidants along with fiber but also easy to incorporate in your recipes. These are crunchy and bland, therefore, go well with all kinds of dishes. Most commonly these are added to salads, porridges and smoothies.
Studies suggest that they have many health related benefits including: weight loss to reduced chronic inflammation in internal organs. Let us read below about these in more details…
Lose weight with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds help you to lose weight and tone your body. They contain good amount of soluble fiber. What fiber does is to absorb water and swell up, thus,creating a feeling of satiety or fullness. These seeds contain a specific type of fiber called Glucomannan slow down the process of absorption of food in body. As a result, you tend to crave food less often. These seeds have high content of Protein, as well which is another reason these can help shed extra Pounds in obese people. Though, for results you need to consume an overall healthy diet and follow an active lifestyle.
Good for lowering blood sugar in Diabetics
Regular consumption of Chia Seeds is considered good for any person who is suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. This is because these seeds help to reduce spikes in blood sugar levels after meals. Regular spikes in blood sugar levels are detrimental to internal organs and are associated with chronic low-grade inflammation. This kind of inflammation makes your system more prone to heart disease and even cancer. Chia seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid ALA and lots of fibre which helps to stabilize blood Sugar levels post meal and prevent metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance. These seeds are also helpful for pregnant women who have
Help to strengthen your bones
According to recent studies, it has been found that Chia seeds contain as much as 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium that a person needs per ounce. They also have other bone strengthening nutrients, including Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Proteins.Therefore, these play a vital role in strengthening the bones in the body. This is a particularly good news for those who are Lactose intolerant and cannot take Dairy products.
Great for your skin
Chia seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants that help to slow down the process of ageing of the skin by fighting against free radical induced oxidative damage. Regular consumption of Chia seeds can give you younger looking and flawless skin sans the signs of ageing like: fine lines, dark spots and pigmentation. Antioxidants help protect against a variety of skin cancers,too.
The benefits of Chia seeds are undeniable. So, if do not consume them already, do consider adding these to your daal, custards, salads, Rice or bowl of Yoghurt or even salads on a daily basis. You can use these to thicken gravies and even as an egg-substitute in various recipes if you happen to be a vegetarian. Start with taking 20 Grams of Chia seeds in a day in any which way you like.
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