Let’s talk chia seeds

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Health benefits of consuming chia seeds – Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium.  Maintaining a diet high in plant-based foods has also been shown to support a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.  Consumption of plant-based foods has long been associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality.

Omega-3s to fight heart disease –  As a source of omega-3 fatty acids, Chia seeds help to raise HDL cholesterol which helps protect against heart attack and stroke.  Research suggests that omega-3s can decrease the risk for thrombosis and arrhythmia’s, which can lead to heart attack, stroke and sudden cardiac death.  Omega-3s may also decrease LDL, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and slightly lower blood pressure.

Nutritional breakdown of chia seeds – Eating one ounce of chia seeds per day provides 18% of daily calcium, 27% of phosphorus, 30% of manganese and smaller amounts of potassium, zinc and copper.  Chia seeds also provide omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus and fiber.

Chia and the power of fiber – The easiest way to increase fiber intake is to increase your consumption of plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and unprocessed grains. Just one ounce of chia seeds provides 10 grams of fiber.

I put one tablespoon of chia seeds in my water each day.  It is best to let them soak for 30 minutes at least before ingesting.  Soaking them overnight works best.  Now go soak your chia seeds and get ready to feel even better!

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