What are chia seeds used for and how to take them?

01 | What are chia seeds used for
02 | Main properties and benefits of chia seeds
03 | How to take chia seeds

01 | What are chia seeds used for

The chia seeds are native to South America (Mexico and Guatemala); They have been part of the human diet for about 5 years. 500 years. Traditionally, chia seeds were used by the Aztecs and Mayans in the preparation of folk medicines, foods and canvases. In prehistoric times, in Colombian societies, it was the second main crop after beans.

Chia seeds, whole and ground, along with their oil, were part of food, ancient cosmetics, and religious rituals in prehistoric times among Aztec communities.

The concept chia is derived from the Spanish word chian which means oily, it is a seed oilseed, with a great nutritional power of omega-3 fatty acids, superior quality proteins, greater amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and a wide range of polyphenolic antioxidants that act as antioxidants and protect the seeds from chemical and microbial decomposition.

02 | Main properties and benefits of chia seeds

Chia is a seed that is especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids of vegetable origin, but it also provides them together with omega-6 fatty acids in the ideal proportion for the body , which is a 3-1 ratio (omega-6 and omega-3). In addition, it is a good source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and boron.

In it we also find a high content of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which helps us to stay satiated and regulate intestinal transit. A 30-gram serving (about two tablespoons) can contain up to 12 grams of fiber.

That is why it has several notable benefits:

  • Reduces cardiovascular problems

Apart from lowering cholesterol and being beneficial in coronary heart disease, the benefits of chia seeds are due to their high omega-3 content, an essential fatty acid with anti-inflammatory -included in formulations of our products from the Immunosport Range-, antithrombotics and vasodilators that help regulate blood pressure and the blood cholesterol: decreases LDL lipoproteins and increases HDL.

  • Regulates intestinal transit

Thanks to its high concentration of mucilage, a type of soluble fiber that grows in contact with any liquid, chia seeds multiply their size tenfold in the digestive tract and press on the intestinal walls.

Thus, by hydrating and lubricating the gastrointestinal tract, they stimulate bowel movement, improve constipation and also facilitate the expulsion of feces.

  • Favors recovery

Recent studies published in the National Library of Medicine show that chia seeds have a high concentration of phenols, antioxidants that stop up to 70% of the activity of free radicals . This helps to repair the muscle tissuesand the skin.

  • Enrich your bone structure

With an amount of 30 grams of chia seeds, we obtain up to 20% of the amount of calcium recommended for our body. Calcium is an essential mineral to maintain mass and bone structure, as well as boron, which helps to metabolise.

03 | How to take chia seeds

Innumerable claims have been made about the advantages of this seed, as well as the advantages of grinding and turning it into a powder, as it helps the greater absorption of its nutrients.

If there is one of our products that applies all of these previously mentioned benefits to chia seeds, it is the Recovery Porridge. Thanks to its innovative 100% natural formula, it is a superfood indicated to recover in the best way after physical effort.

With protein, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, vitamins, probiotics and buckwheat, it naturally provides the necessary nutrients to recover quickly and keep training day after day.

The porridge-like texture with chocolate chips, whole rolled oats, chia, flax and buckwheat seeds make this Recovery Porridge an ideal product to eat for breakfast, snacks or dessert when mixed with yogurt (or vegetable milk) and fruit.

Additionally, it provides a broad-spectrum vitamin preparation, a preparation of probiotics, protein and fiber for a complete recovery: muscle, energy and strengthening the immune system. Its formulation is high in carbohydrates, but low in sugars, so each 40g serving includes more than 18g of carbohydrates, of which less than 2g are sugars.

PERFORMANCE, NATURALLY

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Michael Greger M. D. FACLM • June 14, 2022. Grind Your Chia Seeds.


Carla Zapana. Bodymind. March 24, 2022. Chia seeds, the queens of omega-3.


Sheila Cristina Oliveira-Alves 1, Débora Barbosa Vendramini-Costa 2, Cinthia Baú Betim Cazarin 3, Mário Roberto Maróstica Júnior 3, João Pedro Borges Ferreira 4, Andreia Bento Silva 5, Marcelo Alexandre Prado 6, Maria Rosário Bronze 7. October 2017. Characterization of phenolic compounds in chia (Salvia hispanica L. ) seeds, fiber flour and oil.

Rahman Ullah, M. Nadeem, A. Khalique, M. Imran, S. Mehmood, A. Javid, and J. hussain. October 2017. Nutritional and therapeutic perspectives of Chia (Salvia hispanica L. ): a review


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