Food As Medicine - Chia Seeds

Food As Medicine - Chia Seeds

 

In this Food As Medicine Post, we are going to explore why Chia Seeds are considered a superfood and how they can benefit our health.

 

A great source of:

  • Polyunsaturated Fat, Omega 3's

  • Fiber

  • Protein

  • Calcium

  • Phosphorus

  • Zinc

 

Benefits:

 

  • Chia seeds have a high content of linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids 60% of the oil in chia seeds comes from these omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are beneficial to cardiovascular health.(1)

  • The soluble fiber in chia seeds may help lower LDL cholesterol, they can also help slow down digestion which helps control blood sugar spikes and makes you feel full longer. This can also help with weight control. (1)

  • Chia seeds contain antioxidants that help fight the production of free radicals that can contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. (2)

  • They are a great source of plant-based protein with a minimal amount of calories. A great addition to any plant-based/vegan diet. (2)

  • They are high in nutrients that support bone health. A plus for women like me (50+) looking for ways to support my body as I move into my second half! (2)

 

As you can see these small seeds pack a huge punch of nutrition. Check out the recipe I included using these babies in a delicious health packed dessert! Grab the recipes HERE.

 

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Xo, T

 

  1. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/chia-seeds/

  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds#section2

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