Sunday, July 15, 2012
Chia Seeds. My new health thing.
A one-ounce (28 g) serving of Nutiva’s Organic Chia Seeds contains approximately 9 percent of the recommended daily value for protein, 13 percent of the recommended intake for fat and 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese and calcium as well as trace amounts of sodium and potassium. Minerals play a variety of roles in the body, helping overall organ function and performance.
The chia seed is also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids—more Omega-3 than the popular flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health, brain function, hair and skin and have been linked to decreasing and preventing depression.
Getting fiber in our diets everyday can reduce the risk of certain types of heart diseases, help to maintain proper digestive function, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, decrease cravings for junk food by making us feel full longer; it boosts energy and overall performance, and may improve brain function by helping to decrease “cloudy” thoughts and lack of focus. Chia seeds provide an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
The chia seed health benefits also includes a wide array of rare antioxidants, including caffeic and chlorogenic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol, which have been linked to reducing the risk of certain diseases, including several types of cancer.