I love Chia Seeds. They were introduced to me by Molly a few months back and I love having them in my daily morning juice. It reminds me of Bubble Tea except with smaller bubbles and without the bouncy bits.
The Rarámuri or Tarahumara are a Native American people of northwestern Mexico who are renowned for their long-distance running ability. These superathletes run for 50-100 miles at a time — For fun! And guess what they eat as one of their staples? Yup, you guessed it. Chia Seeds.
By the way, this is the kind of footwear they wear when running a gazillion miles for fun. I know! Right?
These little seeds pack a punch – here’s just some of the highlights these tiny health nuggets offer:
- They have more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food – yes, even more than Flax seeds.
- They are uber rich in antioxidants.
- Chia seeds provide fiber as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, (moly, what? Yeah – I had to look too) niacin, and zinc.
- Chia has both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Both types of fiber are healthy for the digestive system. The insoluble fiber helps cleans the intestinal tract. The soluble fiber can act as a prebiotic and help feed the good bacteria in your digestive system.
- When added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar. This is brilliant for people who have diabetes.
The list of health benefits is ridic and just keeps going and going.
- Another cool tidbit is that you don’t have to grind them in order to get the benefits from them like you do the all mighty flax seed.
- Chia seeds can be used to stop bleeding and infection when placed on a wound?? Pretty amazing eh? — It does make sense though considering it forms a gel like texture when they come into contact with liquid like the image below.