What is a chia? It's not a pet-shaped planter with growing grass hair you can cut. It's a superfood. A seed to be exact.
Dr. Wayne Coates is an author and expert on the topic of chia seeds. He wrote the books CHIA: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs, and the upcoming book CHIA: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood. Coates says chia is an amazing superfood with health benefits that go beyond the basic vitamins and minerals food contains. To begin, chia is high in omega 3, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, 18 of the 22 amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids.
Here are some of the health benefits Dr. Coates says you can receive from chia seeds.
Arthritis: chia is very good for people with arthritis or any type of joint pain, because it is high in omega-3 fatty acid and antioxidants, which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents
Diabetes: chia seeds slow the conversion rate of carbohydrates into sugar, and that helps diabetics maintain healthy blood-sugar levels.
Weight Loss: chia has high amounts of fiber and is low in calories. And since chia is highly hydrophilic (it absorbs water), it expands in the stomach, giving you a pleasant feeling of satiety or fullness-if you feel full, and you'll be less likely to overeat.
Insomnia: chia is rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that raises the level of natural sleep aids, melatonin and serotonin, in the body. Two ounces of chia has twice the amount of tryptophan as a serving of turkey. Try taking chia two or three hours before bedtime-or find a way to add chia to your evening meal.
Celiac disease: chia seed is gluten-free and can be eaten by people suffering from celiac disease.
Chia seeds are easy to incorporate in your diet. Add it to yogurt or smoothies, drink it straight with a glass of water, juice, or milk, bake it in breads and muffins, sprinkle on salads, pizza, peanut butter sandwiches … just about anything!
The chia seed (Salvia hispanica L.) is a member of the mint family and originated in southern Mexico and Guatemala.
For more information:
Purchase Chia products: www.azchia.com/sales
Call toll free 855-367-2442 (367-CHIA)
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