The surprisingly healthy Chia seeds are gaining more and more popularity as a versatile and nutritious “superfood,” and that’s in large part because of all the amazing health benefits the humble little black seeds provide.
Most people know the word chia through the ubiquitous “Chia Pets,” which gained a ton of popularity in the 1990s and were sold at drug stores throughout the country.
Now, chia is making a comeback as perhaps the most popular new superfood on the scene, and many people report better health and more energy from using them every morning in their wake-up water or smoothies.
Here are six particularly remarkable health benefits of chia seeds to know:
Rich in Omega 3s- Omega 3 fatty acids are highly lacking in the American diet, which is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids such as corn, soy and canola oils.
Getting more Omega 3s can be a challenge, especially for some vegans, but chia seeds offer an excellent vegan source with over four grams per ounce.
Mineral-rich- From phosphorus to calcium, chia seeds provide minerals that help support healthy bones and a healthy stress response. Since it can be tough to get enough dark leafy greens that provide these minerals, chia seeds make for a more convenient replacement.
Packed with Fiber- Lots of foods claim to be packed with fiber, especially processed ones, but the humble chia seeds are likely to be much more effective at “cleaning you out.” They expand when stirred in water, allowing them to clean sweep your intestines and colon.
Keeps you Hydrated- Chia seeds are best taken after stirring in water and then letting them sit for 20 to 30 minutes minimum. This allows them to expand, and once they get in your system they will hydrate your body continuously over time.
Perhaps that’s why they’ve been described as a superfood for people who enjoy running, especially distance runners like marathon participants.
Anti-Belly Fat- With their ability to cleanse toxins and to stabilize blood sugar while making you feel fuller, chia seeds are excellent for keeping belly fat at bay.
They’re versatile and easy to add to smoothies, or leave them out overnight in water to make a thick, delicious chia gel that can be used in your own personal chia pudding recipes.
I personally drink them first thing in the morning or near the morning, or about an hour following a heavy meal to help cleanse and digest it.
This article first appeared on Nick’s health site AltHealthWORKS. To read it in its entirety,you can click here.