Chia seeds is often regarded as the best known source of extremely important omega-3 fatty acid. Some sources suggest that it is higher in omega 3 than even flax seeds. Two tablespoons of chia seeds have over 5000 mg Omega-3 whereas two tablespoons of flax seeds have 2700 mg Omega-3. Chia seeds are also higher in fiber and much higher in antioxidants than flax seeds. In fact, chia seeds have more antioxidants than fresh blueberries!
Since chia seeds seem to be helpful in suppressing hunger and are so rich in omega 3 and nutrients, they should be included in your diet. It can absorb large amounts of water (up to 12 times its own weight) and is also high in soluble fiber, and thus provides a feeling of fullness that lasts for quite a long time and reducing hunger. It means that adding just about 30 gr or an ounce of chia seeds to our diet can significantly reduce caloric intake and greatly increase the amount of fiber. Aztecs called chia the “running food” because their messengers could run long distances on just a handful.
The seeds are also a very good source of antioxidants, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. Because chia seeds contain more than twice the amount of tryptophan found in turkey they are very helpful in increasing the levels of serotonin in our body. Due to the unique way they break down in the digestion system, chia seeds slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. A 2007 study with a group of diabetics demonstrated that those of them who consumed up to four teaspoons of chia seeds a day for three months increased the levels of omega-3 fatty acids by 80%, reduced their blood clotting factors by 20%, and significantly lowered their blood pressure.
Chia is also very easy to use as you can eat them to any type of food. The most popular and probably the best way is to soak the seeds before eating them. You can mix one or two tablespoons of chia seeds with water, fruit juice, smoothies, soy yogurt, soy milk or another type of plant-based milk, leave for at least 30 minutes or even overnight and consume with fruits or any other type of food.
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