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Health benefits of Organic Chia Seeds

by Organic Condiments on November 09, 2021

Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds you see in various puddings or desserts nowadays, but do you know how powerful and healthy these tiny seeds really are? They come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint plant family. These tiny black seeds were once an essential food source for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the early days. In fact, “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, organic chia seeds became recognized as a modern day superfood only recently. In the past few years, they have become extremely popular and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.

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Don’t be fooled by their size, when organic chia seeds are consumed as a part of a well balanced meal these seeds add a powerful nutritional punch to your diet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and various micronutrients, making them super healthy.

Here are some of the benefits of using Organic Chia Seeds :

  1. Rich in Antioxidants :

Another area in which organic chia seeds shine is their high antioxidant content. The antioxidant content  protects the other sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid and helps in regulating them to provide the maximum nutrition. It is believed that getting antioxidants from foods can have numerous positive health benefits. Most importantly, antioxidants help fight the production of free radicals, which can damage several cell molecules and also contribute to aging and serious diseases like cancer.

2.Low on carbs and high in fibre :

Fibre neither raises blood sugar levels nor requires insulin to be absorbed by the body. Though fibre belongs to the carbohydrates family, its health effects are way different than those of carbs like starch and sugar. The digestible carbs content is only ½  gram per tablespoon in Orco Organic Chia Seeds, which is considered very low. This makes organic chia seeds a low carb superfood. Because of its high soluble fibre content, organic chia seeds can absorb up to 10–12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like. Therefore, this increases fullness, and results in slow absorption of food and helps you automatically consume fewer calories overall. Fibre also helps in feeding the friendly bacteria in your intestine, which is important for keeping a healthy gut flora.

3.High in Protein :

Organic Chia seeds contain a good amount of protein compared to most plant sources. By weight, they’re about 14% protein, which is considered very high in a plant source food. They also contain a healthy balance of essential amino acids, therefore your body is able to make use of the protein content in Organic Chia Seeds. Protein has various health benefits and is considered to be by far the most weight loss friendly dietary nutrient. A high protein intake helps with a lower appetite and has proved to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60%.  It also reduces the desire for night time snacking by 50%. Organic Chia seeds really are an excellent protein source, especially for people who don’t consume animal products.

4.May lower the risk of heart diseases :

Given that organic chia seeds are high in fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, they may reduce your risk of heart diseases. The benefits of organic chia seeds have been examined in several studies and have shown that they can lower certain risk factors, including triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance and even belly fat. They may also raise good cholesterol. It is believed that organic chia seeds significantly reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension, which is considered to be a strong risk factor for heart disease. It is possible that organic chia seeds may benefit heart health, when accompanied by a healthy and conscious lifestyle and dietary changes.

5.High in bone strengthening nutrients :

Organic Chia seeds are a good source of several nutrients that are important for our bone health. They are rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. The calcium content in organic chia seeds is particularly impressive, a tablespoon of chia seeds contains 9% of RDI (Reference Daily Intake). Compared to other food sources, this is higher than most dairy products. As a result, chia seeds may be considered an excellent source of calcium for people who don’t consume dairy.

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Orco Organic Chia seeds are not only rich in nutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre but are also easy to incorporate in meals. Orco Organic Chia seeds are 40% fibre by weight, making them one of the best sources of fibre in the world. You can easily add them to your porridge, smoothies or breakfast bowls for a punch of nutrition and flavour.

 

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