Chia Seeds

Ch-ch-ch-chia. No, not the Scooby-Doo head with a green afro, but rather the seeds that grow the afro. While Chia seeds may be mostly known due to their association with the popular plant, Chia seeds are incredibly healthy and have many medicinal uses. At one point the Chia seed was valued so highly that it was even used as currency. It is sasid that Aztec warriors often consumed Chia seeds during conquests and that the Indians of the south west would eat even just small amounts when going on 24 hour marches. Indians travelling from the Colorado River to California to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring Chia seeds to eat. When Chia seeds is consumed, it forms a gel-like substances and this is said to create a barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down in your stomach, causing the conversion of carbs into sugar to take a lot longer. Aside from being a bonus for diabetics, this causes endurance as carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in the human body, as it takes longer for them to break down and reduces surges of ‘highs and lows’. Chia seeds can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water, which can result in prolonged hydration in your body. Chia seeds are a muscle and tissue builder and supports effective treatment in the immediate problems of digestion. After Chia is disgested, it is absorbed very easily and the transport to tissues and utilization by the cells in the body is very rapid, which makes it very useful for children growing, women lactating and athletes, body builders, etc. who require muscle tissue regeneration. Chia seeds are high in oil, are the richest vegetable source for omega-3 fatty acid, and have approximately three to ten times the oil concentrations of most grains, with two times the protein concentrations as other grains. These oils and fatty acids are essential to help your body emulsify and absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Chia seeds are rich in linoleic, which is an unsaturated fatty acid that the body cannot manufactured. Unsaturated fatty acids are important for respiration of vital organs and make it easier for oxygen to be transported by the blood stream to all cells, tissues, and organs. They also help maintain resilience and lubrication of all cells and combine with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that hold the body cells together. They are also essential for normal glandular activity, mainly the adrenal glands and thyroid gland. They nourish the skin cells and are essential for healthy mucus membranes and nerves. Chia is also a rich source of calcium. Aside from the nutritional benefits of Chia, there are medical uses. For example, Indians and missionaries often used Chia seeds as a poultice for gunshot wounds and other serious injuries. They would pack the wounds with the seeds to avoid major infections and aid in the healing of the wounds.

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