31/05/13

Chia for Skin Health

The Beauty of Chia: Healthy Skin We refer to Chia as Nature's Complete Superfood as it contains high levels of nutrition that are essential for a healthy diet. Recently, I have also come across descriptions of Chia as a complete ‘beautyfood’, to which I cannot disagree.

Beauty comes from being our authentic self, and a large part of feeling comfortable within our own skin is ensuring we take care of it. Coupled with a regular skin care regime, eating a balanced diet, full of nutrient rich foods is essential for maintaining hair and skin vitality. Chia is the richest combined source of Omega 3, protein and fibre, also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Chia nourishes skin from the inside out. Chia’s rich source of protein aids in skin cell regeneration and tissue repair. Combined with Omega 3s, protein contributes to the formulation of collagen and elastin, both of which support skin suppleness.

Benefits of Omega 3 to the skin can largely be seen in its ability to enhance moisture retention and promote skin hydration. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3 can assist to combat skin irritations. Omega 3 ALA is a necessary component to the functioning of the Omega 3 group. One heaped tablespoon of Chia provides the recommended daily intake of Omega ALA.

Antioxidants fight free radical damage associated with aging, environmental pollutants and UV damage. Chia is an excellent source of antioxidants, gram for gram providing four times the antioxidant power of fresh blueberries. Fibre promotes the healthy appearance of skin from the inside out, essential to aid the digestive process, fibre helps remove toxins from the body and aids the absorption of antioxidants and vitamins. 100% chemical free, adding Australian grown Chia to the diet is an excellent way to harness the power of good nutrition to compliment your daily skincare regime.

For more information on how to include Chia in your diet you can contact me at askemma@thechiaco.com.au Emma Morris – Accredited and Practicing Dietitian