It doesn't matter whether torturing You with multiple sores or You picture of health, have a slender figure or you want to lose weight. In any case, Chia seeds – excellent product to maintain the vitality, improve overall health and release of toxins. In search of healthy food, many have resorted to ready-made food additives, the use of which is doubtful. Chia seed is all natural, environmentally friendly product. It is a priceless gift of nature, proven over the millennia. It's kind of a gift to us from the distant Aztecs and Maya, who we re-discovered and appreciated only in the 21st century.
What is Chia?
Chia is Salvia angustifolia or Spanish (S. lavandulifolia) is a native of Mexico. Seeds – little grains of white, gray, black colors or shades. It is believed that its name they got from attackage of the word "chain", which means "oil."
The Chia plant was cultivated in the ancient States of Central and South America for millennia. Along with maize and beans these seeds were a staple food of the ancient Maya, Aztec and Inca. It was believed that the soldiers in the campaign should have only 2 things: the gun and the bag of Chia seeds. For the full daily ration was sufficient a handful of seeds.
In folklore, "chia" meant not only food, but also a means of giving mystical powers. Chia seeds paid tribute to the ruler who used them as currency, brought a gift to the gods. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs used Chia seeds as the oilseed crops, of which grind flour, prepared various drinks and energy drinks. Moreover, the oil of Chia was used as a base for makeup and paint for the body. Chia is also included in the composition of medicines.
Unfortunately after the invasion of the Spanish conquerors Chia fields were destroyed, and more of achievements docolomansky civilizations. For many centuries about this amazing herb forgot.
What is valuable in these small, pinhead-sized seeds?
First, they completely lacks cholesterol. Secondly, Chia, characterized by high content of protein, calcium and iron are the three vital substances that ensure the normal functioning of body and brain. Thirdly, 25% of their composition is cellulose, which you see, in our age of refined foods especially valuable.
The next thing is the right proportion between fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. In addition, Chia seeds are rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants. The content of magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, selenium, they handicap our traditional foods, such as whole cow's milk, broccoli, flax seed, salmon and legumes. And if you add to this the zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum, B vitamins, ascorbic acid, it becomes clear that the Chia seed is a unique storehouse of health.
For clarity, I will cite some figures:
100 g of Chia seeds contain the same amount:
acids omega-3, 800 gr. red fish
calcium as 700 ml of milk
iron as 5 cups of fresh spinach
Compared to other products in the composition of Chia seeds
5 times more calcium than in milk;
2 times more potassium than in bananas;
3 times more iron than in spinach
15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
What is the benefit of Chia for your health?
1. Chia seeds – excellent source of antioxidants, here their concentration is even higher than in fresh blueberries and blueberries. They are useful to detoxify the body. Used as an alternative cancer treatment.
2. Tones the body, because it has high energy value.
3. Promotes normalization of metabolism, digestion and the correct operation of the endocrine system.
4. Helps bind excessive water in the body, which is important for cardiovascular and renal diseases. Prevents blood clots, lowers blood pressure.
5. Slows the absorption of carbohydrates and their conversion into glucose. For people with overweight and diabetes mellitus is very important.
6. Chia seeds help to lose weight. Sounds unbelievable, but these little seeds absorb moisture to 12 times its weight when mixed with water or liquid in the stomach. It gives a feeling of fullness, removes the desire for the "wrong" food, and, in fact, eliminates excess calories and assists in correct digestive system. Chia has the ability to displace and replace some of the fats contained in the food.
7. The use of grains Chia is associated with improvement of the skin, hair, relief, occurrence of menopause and problems with the menstrual cycle.
So what is it?
Soft, nutty flavor of Chia seeds you can add them to any food and drinks. Most often they are sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, yogurt, or added to beverages and pastries.
Chia seeds can also be mixed with water and ground to a gelatinous state.
Before use seeds are usually soaked in water or other liquid (juice, milk), at least 10 minutes (and at night) to take advantage of the hydrating properties.
Chia seeds can be part of most traditional dishes: porridges, soups, salads, sandwiches, sauces and sweets.
In baking Chia seeds successfully replace eggs (1 tablespoon of seeds instead of 1 egg), which is especially important for cooking a variety of vegetarian dishes. The seeds can also be used in place of gluten for baking bread: 5% by weight of flour.
To preserve the unique properties of Chia, it is recommended to add seeds to the dish at the very end to avoid heat treatment, during which most of the nutrients destroyed.
Are there any disadvantages to Chia?
As always follow the Golden rule: above all, moderation! It is not necessary to zealously take up the case and make Chia a staple food. Use it as an additive and as an alternative to refined food.
If you have food allergies (especially to sesame or mustard seeds) or are taking antihypertensive medications for blood thinning, before add the Chia seeds to the diet, you should consult with your doctor. published