10 benefits of eating chia seeds

In recent years, chia seeds have been labeled as a superfood for their many health benefits

10 benefits of eating chia seeds
Chia seeds originated in Mesoamerica - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 11/06/2019 15:22 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales Mexico City El Botiquín Actualizada 10:11

Chia seeds originated in Mesoamerica. In Mexico, it is mainly produced in Jalisco, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas.

In recent years, chia seeds have been labeled as a superfood for their many health benefits; these are some of them:

1. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which causes a major reduction in triglycerides and can reduce blood pressure levels.

2. It fights saturated fats, nevertheless, you should not consume more than one spoonful every day.

3. It has a high energy content and its consumption is beneficial if you practice any sport.

4. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.

5. One ounce of chia seeds provides 10 grams of fiber, almost half the daily recommendation for a woman over 50 years.

6. Chia seeds contain nearly 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, which might be useful for weight loss.

7. Chia may have the ability to convert glucose into a slow-release carbohydrate, which could have a positive effect on people with type 2 diabetes.

8. It prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

9. Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the risk for thrombosis and arrhythmias.

10. It may decrease the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.