09/04/14

5 Good Reasons To Eat Chia Everyday

5 reasons to eat chia everyday

Omega 3 for mood boosting

Chia is the richest plant source of Omega 3 essential fatty acid. Fats make up to 60% of our brains and insulate nerve cells to provide communication between the cells. Omega-3 oils reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and cells of our brain, helping to promote good blood flow and increase positive mood. Omega 3 also helps improve hormonal imbalances, so be sure to eat fresh fish at least twice a week and plant sources of Omega 3, like Chia, every day.

Fiber for digestive health

Chia is beneficial in the area of digestion because of the rich fiber content.  Chia has 37% fiber - 20% is soluble and 80% insoluble and both are extremely important in maintaining regular gut function and good gut health.  Many people compare Chia and Flax and are happy to learn that Chia has twice the fiber of flaxseeds.

Helps keep you full

Chia holds 16 times its weight in water and swells to form a thick gel when mixed with liquids.  The rich fiber content in chia slows the conversion of carbohydrate to sugar and provides a slow release of energy, stabilizing your blood sugars, reducing cravings and helping to keep you full.

Chia is Gluten Free

Chia is the only gluten free wholegrain that can be eaten raw, directly from the packet, without grinding or cooking.  Chia is predominantly known as an oil seed, but it is also a wholegrain food. People managing gluten free diets often struggle to find sources of wholegrain nutrition and Chia is an excellent source.

Vegan Protein

Chia is rich in vegan protein (20%) and with all 8 amino acids chia is a complete protein. Our body uses protein to build and repair tissue, synthesize and regulate hormones and is the building block of bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood. Protein is required to function every cell in our body and because it is not stored in the body we need to eat it every day.  Chia is a fabulous source of vegan protein and is easy to include in the daily diet.