Chia Seeds - organic and rich in essential nutrients
The tiny seeds of the chia plant (Salvia hispanica) are extremely rich in nutrients. More and more people are recognising the health benefits of chia as a natural food and making them part of their healthy diet.
Chia seeds have no natural taste of their own and are therefore very versatile. Adding them to water, milk or fruit juice produces chia gel. Chia seeds can absorb 10 times their own weight in water.
Chia gel can be stirred into yoghurt with a selection of different fruit added, thus creating an exceptionally healthy breakfast or delicious dessert.
Chia seeds can be added to various dishes to increase the level of vital substances. Chia seeds are also an ideal ingredient for cakes, bread or raw food bars.
Many tasty recipes now include chia seeds, so it’s easy to include this versatile superfood in your daily diet.
Advantages of chia seeds:
- high quality chia seeds from certified organic farming
- natural food, rich in vital nutrients
- natural source for essential ALA fatty acids
- rich in minerals and trace elements
- naturally rich in protein, low in carbs
- rich in dietary fiber
Chia seeds - rich in vital nutrients
Omega-3 fatty acids
Chia seeds contain valuable chia oil, which is rich in the Omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). This enables the body to produce the Omega-3 fatty acid EPA, which is very beneficial to the cardiovascular system, cholesterol level and brain function.
Chia seeds are rich in minerals, especially potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. They are also a source of valuable vitamins and antioxidants.
Chia seeds have a protein content of roughly 20%, thus providing valuable amino acids. The protein ensures an enduring feeling of fullness after eating, regulates the blood sugar level and reduces cravings between meals.
Chia seeds have a dietary fibre content of approximately 34%. These fibres not only stimulate digestion and have a cleansing effect on the intestines, but also help to keep the stable blood sugar level steady, and may have a positive effect on the cholesterol level and blood pressure.
Health benefits of chia seeds:
- The Omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds help to regulate blood pressure, and can also reduce the heart rate and contribute to a healthy cholesterol level. They also aid concentration and contribute to emotional harmony.
- The high fibre and protein content of chia seeds is complemented by low carbohydrate content, which helps to stabilise the blood sugar level. Diabetics thus benefit particularly from the regular consumption of chia seeds.
- When eaten in the form of chia gel, chia seeds can help soothe the bowels in cases of irritable bowel syndrome and assist the formation of healthy intestinal mucosa and flora.
- Chia seeds have the unique ability to absorb 10 times their own weight in liquid, thus stimulating bowel function, cleansing the bowels and regulating digestion.
- Chia seeds provide magnesium, which is crucial to muscle function. In combination with calcium, potassium and phosphorus, it is also important for healthy growth and the normal development and function of bones, teeth and the nervous system.
- Chia seeds also provide the essential trace elements zinc, iron and copper, which can make a significant contribution to the daily intake of essential nutrients.
- Chia seeds can help you lose weight. Eat a few teaspoons of chia seeds before a meal. Chew each teaspoonful of chia seeds until a pulp is formed and then drink plenty of water.
You can also soak chia seeds in water to create chia gel, which can simply be eaten as it is or stirred into food, which will become more satisfying. Chia seeds also reduce the craving for sweets and fast food.
Should chia seeds be ground or eaten whole?
Those who eat chia seeds whole are able to benefit from the increased proportion of fibre, which creates an increased feeling of fullness, helping them to lose weight and subdue cravings.However, the intestines are often unable to break down chia seeds completely, so part of the seeds is excreted in an undigested form. Bearing this in mind, those who are taking chia seeds for all their nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids should grind chia seeds so that they can be easily digested by the intestines.
Ground chia seeds can also be soaked to make chia gel or used as normal in recipes. Ground chia seeds have a slightly nutty flavour and should be used immediately to avoid them getting rancid by the influence of the air.
Chia seeds can be ground easily in a Vitamix or a coffee grinder - it only takes a few seconds.