In today’s society, we are increasingly aware of how our diet can significantly influence our state of health. In this context, a few years ago, so-called super food became fashionable, which is nothing more than food with highly healthy properties.
Within the super food concept, we find chia seeds, one of the most complete, nutritious ingredient available. Since centuries they were consumed regularly, especially in civilisations such as the Mayas or the Aztecs. A while ago here they came back into fashion and now they are one of the essential ingredients in the most healthy kitchens.
Why should we consume them?
Pure brain food
These seeds are one of the richest sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 (8 times more than a salmon), which means that it is an excellent ingredient to keep our neurons in shape.
Our brain is an organ which is very rich in lipids, in fact, more than half of its dry weight is composed of them, especially polyunsaturated long chain fatty acids (among which we find Omega 3 and 6). It is proven that gray matter has a high content of these fatty acids, so they represent a key role for the optimal development, maturation and aging of structures and neural networks. This is why consuming fish such as salmon or sardines is so important for our memory and concentration.
Another remarkable thing about this seed is that it is a powerful source of antioxidants, which as you know, are very important to keep our cells young and away from the oxidation they suffer as a result of pollution, poor diet, stress etc .
Source of fiber and protein
Consuming fiber is very important to encourage our body to eliminate what it does not need, regulating our intestinal transit, keeping cholesterol in line, regulating blood sugar and preventing some types of disease.
Chia seeds are very rich in fiber so with approximately a handful of we will be reaching half of the recommended fiber intake per day. Oh! And last, but not least, to emphasize that, precisely because of its fiber content, they are quite filling.