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Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds

Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are small seeds that have their origin in Mexico and belong to the mint family. Chia seeds contain quite high amount of omega-3 fatty acids and are extremely enriched with anti-oxidants. When consumed, chia seeds form a gel with the stomach liquids. This gel formed by chia seeds can help in soothing heartburn and also in keeping your stomach cool. According to certain experts, chia seeds loosen up the absorption process of carbohydrate in your system, and hence make you feel full for longer duration.

One of the most amazing things that differentiate Chia seeds from other sources for omega-3, is that Chia seeds contains quite less sodium content, hence consumption of chia seeds is definitely beneficial for people suffering from high blood pressure problems.

The nutritional benefits of chia seeds can be compared to the major cereals consumed across the world. Chia seeds provide fiber, protein, energy and lipid contents that are much higher than other cereals. Chia seeds are also amazingly enriched with minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc.  

Apart from above nutritional benefits, Chia seeds are excellent sources of antioxidants. The most significant antioxidants present in chia seeds are caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid. Apart from these the other important antioxidants present in chia seeds are myricetin, kaempferol and quercetin flavonols. Because of the presence of these anti-oxidants, chia seeds provide quite powerful antioxidant properties as compared to the other similar sources.

The flavor of Chia seeds is nutty. You can consume chia seeds by sprinkling them on your veggies, salads and cereals. You can also add them in your baked cakes, breads and muffins.
Chia seeds may not be easily available at your local grocery stores but now there are online websites where you can buy chiaseeds of high quality and bring this wonder food on your plate. 

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