Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.
They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain.
1. Anxiety and depression will reduce
Did you know that magnesium deficiency increases risk of anxiety and depression? Well, chia seeds contain more magnesium than most foods out there (including broccoli). Eating them every day will reduce depression and probably make you happier. I may also note that magnesium helps improve bone health.
2. You’ll stay full for long
Almost all (11 out of 12 grams) the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber. And fiber is great for curbing hunger and improving digestion. Research shows that chia seeds absorb a lot of water in the stomach, which makes them increase fullness.
Well, this will reduce chances of overeating and enable you to lose more weight day by day.
3. Your heart health will improve
One of the best nutrients for improving heart health is omega 3 fatty acids. Guess what? Chia seeds have lots of them. In fact, chia seeds have more omega 3s than salmon. But realize that, omega 3s from animal sources are more beneficial to the body than omega 3s from plant sources.
Either way, studies show that chia seeds increase the amount of omega 3s in the body. And this is enough to improve heart health.
4. They’ll add antioxidants in your body
Another area where chia seeds shine is in their high amount of antioxidants.
These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid.
Although antioxidant supplements are not very effective, getting antioxidants from foods can have positive effects on health .
Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer.
There are some claims online about chia seeds having more antioxidants than blueberries, but I was unable find a study to verify this claim.
Bottom Line: Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help to protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.
Other foods rich in antioxidants include, all berries, oranges, spinach, beets, broccoli, kale, and so on.
5. Your diabetes will improve
Chia Seeds Can Cause Major Improvements in Type 2 Diabetics
White Bowl Full of Chia Seeds
The most successful application of chia seeds to date was in a study on type 2 diabetic patients
In this study, 20 diabetic patients received either 37 grams of chia seeds, or 37 grams of wheat bran, for 12 weeks (27).
When they got the chia seeds, they saw improvements in several important health markers.
Blood pressure went down by 3-6 mm/Hg and an inflammatory marker called hs-CRP went down by 40%. A risk factor called vWF also decreased by 21%.
There was also a small drop in blood sugar, but it wasn’t statistically significant.
Given that chia seeds are high in fiber, it does seem plausible that they could help reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, but this needs to be confirmed in studies.
6. You won’t have iron deficiency
Most people don’t get enough iron every day. And since chia seeds have more iron than foods like spinach, eating them will definitely prevent iron deficiency. Signs of iron deficiency include, pale skin, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and so on.
Something as simple as eating chia seeds every day can have a great impact on your health. So make sure you include this superfood in your diet.