Chia Seed…Ancient Super Food of the Future

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chiaIt’s true…some of the best things come in small packages. Although not much to look at, the powerhouse chia seed is one of those things.

This “Ancient Super food of the Future” is one of the most powerful and nutritious foods in the world. It’s packed with protein, chock full of antioxidants, loaded with vitamins and minerals, a great source of B vitamins including folic acid and the richest known plant source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and an excellent source of fiber. They help regulate blood sugar levels as well thus curbing the desire to overeat.

This amazing little powerhouse provides 97 percent of its calories from quality plant protein and lipids with very few calories from carbohydrates. The carbohydrate portion of chia is predominantly insoluble fiber, which is beneficial to digestion in that it passes through the gastrointestinal tract undigested resulting in a non-caloric effect to the body. Cram for gram, chia is the highest source of protein, bar none. They are high in magnesium and unlike flax seeds and hemp seeds, they are a good source of calcium.

Chia seed was a staple crop in both the Aztec and the Mayan civilizations prized the chia seed, not only for food and nutrition but using it as medicine and as an offering to the Gods during ritual. Depending on whom you ask, “chia” actually comes from either the Mayan word “chiabaan” for strengthening…or the Aztec word “chian” for oily.

Some of the benefits you will receive from this magic seed are:

  • It gives an extra boost in energy and strength while bolstering endurance.
  • Boosts brain power: with its balanced essential fatty acids it improves mental focus and concentration, brightening your mood.
  • Helps to build lean muscle; it’s also useful for weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • Gluten-free: Unlike grain-source proteins, chia seed protein contains no gluten. You can enjoy chia seeds without worrying about gluten if you are sensitive to it…or about developing gluten sensitivity.
  • Super-hydration and electrolyte balance. Chia’s soluble fiber (hydrophilic colloids) massively retains water…keeps you well-hydrated and maintains your electrolyte balance.

Chia seeds are great for weight loss, reduce sweet and junk type food cravings which in turn put you in control of your food intake. They help slow digestion, sustain balanced blood sugar levels and because they are able to absorb so much water, have high soluble fiber content.

Another added benefit is that chia seeds can last for years without spoiling despite lacking a hard (indigestible) outer shell that most other seeds like flax contains. Unlike Flax seeds which must be ground up for the body to be able to benefit from the nutrients it provides, chia seeds can be ground or used right out of the package.

Rich in phosphorous, manganese, calcium and potassium, chia seeds are packed with trace minerals and phyto-nutrients

Chia seeds are nearly tasteless with a very, very mild nutty flavor. Replace as much of the processed and refined foods that you are now eating with this one little seed and experience unbelievable good healthy, energy and effortless weight loss.

Here’s some quick ideas on how to use this super seed:

  • Great addition to smoothies
  • Stir into hummus or yogurt or mashed avacado
  • Add to your favorite granola
  • Stir into pancake, muffin, waffle and cookie mixes
  • Great for salad toppings, soups, chili, meat loaf and turkey burgers

Everyone from senior citizen to young children can benefit and enjoy the wonderful nutritional qualities of chia seeds.

You’ll find an awesome “He man eating plan” in “Strong Men Stay Young” that contains a whole chapter including some recipes for this super food.

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