Uploaded on Jun 17, 2009
In American Sign Language (ASL), I finally go back to my holistic health issue about the importance of chia seeds. I have been drinking this to increase my health benefits for many reasons, skin, joints and the rest. I am enclosing the information from the internet sources below. So enjoy viewing and reading this informative story of the chia seeds. Have a great day! With love in peace!
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I've read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin. Chia seeds come in two colors: black and white, the black seeds are more abundant and cost less than the white one. The nutritional values of the two varieties are similar, but some studies think the white may be more nutritious.
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Another advantage: 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.
Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "chia fresca." As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods. I find them tasty and an interesting addition to my diet.
Chia is undergoing something of a renaissance after centuries of neglect. It was a major crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. and was still cultivated well into the 16th century, AD, but after the Spanish conquest, authorities banned it because of its close association with Aztec religion (Indians used the seeds as offerings in rituals). Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed in Latin America, and you can now buy the seeds online and in health food stores.
•According to study, Chia possesses the highest percentage of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) of all crops. Chia seed contain 60% omega 3 fatty acids.
•The protein content of Chia is higher that other nutritional grains. Unlike other grains, it is a complete protein, meaning that it has the appropriate balance of all essential amino acids. About 19 to 23% of chia seed weight is protein.
•Chia seed is high in fiber, a 15 gm serving of chia seeds will provide 4 to 5 gm of fiber. Our body requires at least 35 gm of fiber a day to stay healthy.
•Chia seed contain boron which is essential for bone health.
•Chia seed is rich in calcium; about 2 oz of chia seeds contains 600 mg of Calcium, as compared to 120 mg for a cup of milk.
•Chia seeds have 2 times more potassium than banana.
•Chia seeds have 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries.
• Super-Energizing Power ...For Greater Endurance and Go Power! Due to its unique blend of Protein, Essential Fats, Fiber, Complex Carbohydrates, and Antioxidants, chia is unrivalled among seeds and grains for providing energy to your body.
• Improves Cardiovascular Health ...super high levels of heart-healthy EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)...chias oil contains the highest-known percentage of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, a whopping 62%64%!
• Stabilizes Blood Sugar ...Reduces blood sugar swings...and supports conditions of hypoglycemia and diabetes.
• Reduces Cravings for Sweets and Junk Foods —high soluble fiber content releases natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.
• An Ideal Food for nearly everyone, including individuals with food allergies, food sensitivities, or food and chemical hypersensitivity. One study found no evidence of allergic response to chia, even in individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies. check it out at http://www.integratedhealth.com/featu...
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