15 grams of chia seeds a day keeps diseases, inflammation, depression and hunger at bay.
In Mexico, chia seeds have been used for years, as medicine, to cook and in religious rites. And in recent years, this seed has gained worldwide popularity because of its numerous health benefits.
Even though there is no restriction on the amount of chia seeds you should eat in a day, consuming 15 grams will give you all its health benefits.
Below, are 6 chia seeds benefits you should know. It’s my assertion that you’ll eat chia seeds more often after reading this article.
1. Anxiety and depression will reduce
Did you know that magnesium deficiency increases risk of anxiety and depression? Well, chia seeds contain more magnesium than most foods out there (including broccoli). Eating them every day will reduce depression and probably make you happier. I may also note that magnesium helps improve bone health.
2. You’ll stay full for long
Almost all (11 out of 12 grams) the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. And fiber is great for curbing hunger and improving digestion. Research shows that chia seeds absorb a lot of water in the stomach, which makes them increase fullness.
Well, this will reduce chances of overeating and enable you to lose more weight day by day.
3. Your heart health will improve
One of the best nutrients for improving heart health is omega 3 fatty acids. Guess what? Chia seeds have lots of them. In fact, chia seeds have more omega 3s than salmon. But realize that, omega 3s from animal sources are more beneficial to the body than omega 3s from plant sources.
Either way, studies show that chia seeds increase the amount of omega 3s in the body. And this is enough to improve heart health.
4. They’ll add antioxidants in your body
Antioxidants protect the body from aging and diseases like cancer. Well, chia seeds have antioxidants in high amounts. Note that antioxidants from supplements are not as effective as the ones from foods.
Other foods rich in antioxidants include, all berries, oranges, spinach, beets, broccoli, kale, and so on.
5. Your diabetes will improve
Studies show that eating chia seeds is good for diabetic people. One study found that blood pressure and inflammation reduced in diabetic subjects who consumed 37 grams of chia seeds per day. Healthy individuals can experience the same healthy benefits.
6. You won’t have iron deficiency
Most people don’t get enough iron every day. And since chia seeds have more iron than foods like spinach, eating them will definitely prevent iron deficiency. Signs of iron deficiency include, pale skin, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and so on.
Something as simple as eating chia seeds every day can have a great impact on your health. So make sure you include this superfood in your diet.