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Chia Seeds and their amazing health benefits!

The amazing health benefits of Chia Seeds & how to use them!

 

Chia seeds are among some of the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet. They have gained popularity in recent years because of their health and therapeutic benefits, and are now considered a must-have superfood with a range of benefits for the body and brain. Because of their high nutritional value and amazing water absorbing properties, Chia seeds will also help you to feel full for longer, control appetite and therefore assist with weight loss!

Chia seeds – An ancient superfood!

The word, Chia means ‘strength’ and ancient Mayans and Aztecs valued them for their energy boosting benefits, even using them before going to war to bring them strength!

Chia are tiny black seeds that  come from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is related to the mint family. Chia grows natively in South America and was an important source of nutrition for the Mayan and Aztec cultures centuries ago. 

These tiny seeds are a powerhouse of important nutients - containing carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and antioxidants. They are a whole grain food, unprocessed and naturally gluten-free. Power-packed with nutritional goodness, chia seeds are a kitchen staple you definitely want to have around!

We look at the amazing benefits of Chia Seeds and how to use them PLUS share two great recipes with you.

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Benefits of Chia seeds

  1. Chia increases your fibre intake

Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre which helps regulate bowel functioning, reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. Did know that there is a hefty 10 grams of fibre in only tablespoons of chia seeds? This low-carb friendly food is able to absorb up to 10 times its weight in water because of all the fibre and becomes a gel-like substance, expanding in your stomach. As a result, this helps to keep you fuller for longer, absorb food slower and eat fewer calories. Definitely a good supportive aid for your weight loss journey!   

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  1. Chia is high in protein

Chia seeds are packed with protein and contain all the essential amino acids – in fact, 19% of protein is available in chia seeds. A high protein intake also reduces your appetite and cravings, and helps you to stay satisfied for longer which is vital for weight loss. Chia seeds also make an excellent source of protein for vegetarians or those who eat fewer animal products.

  1. Chia is packed with antioxidants

Chia seeds contain a high amount of antioxidants that fight the production of free radicals and protect the body from aging and cancer. The antioxidants in chia seeds also ensure that they have a longer shelf life. Including this age-busting superfood in your diet every day can help you to stay younger and healthier for longer!

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  1. High in omega 3 fatty acids

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Studies show that omega-3’s in chia seeds help to reduce inflammation and high cholesterol and enhance cognitive performance. The high omega-3 content in Chia seeds also makes them beneficial for women’s health, as well as brain functioning. Inflammatory processes such as arthritis will also be soothed by adding Chia seeds to your diet.

  1. Chia helps to regulate blood sugar levels

Chia seeds have been shown to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels significantly. These seeds can reduce insulin resistance and lower high levels of sugar in the blood. This makes Chia seeds a valuable health food for diabetics and pre-diabetics who are trying to control blood sugar levels naturally!

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As you can see, chia seeds offer some amazing benefits for your overall health and wellbeing! Without a doubt, Chia should become a pantry staple in your household!

How to use Chia seeds

Chia seeds are small black seeds that are bought dry from the health shop. They have a very long shelf life due to their high levels of anti-oxidants – and because they absorb so much water, Chia seeds are more economical than you think! A little Chia goes a long way!

Before using Chia seeds, water should be added to them to form a gel – which looks almost like sago. The best way to do this is to take a 500 ml jar. Add 10 teaspoons of dried Chia seeds and fill the jar up with water. Leave to stand for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. These hydrated Chia seeds will last in your fridge for at least 10 days so you can start adding Chia to almost everything! For example:

  • Add 3 - 4 teaspoons of Chia to your smoothies
  • Add 4 – 5 teaspoons of Chia to your breakfast cereal or muesli
  • When baking muffins or bread, add 3 – 5 teaspoons of Chia

It’s easy to start incorporating Chia into your diet!

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Here are two great recipes with Chia seeds

  1. Chia Porridge

3 tablespoons chia seeds

Cover with water and leave to stand for 10 minutes

Add nut milk (almond or coconut milk) of your choice

Sprinkle with superfoods such as Lucuma, Goji berries, cinnamon, raisins, honey or raw cacao nibs 

  1. Chia Omega Super Milk (nut free)

Ingredients

3 cups of water

¼ cup of hemp powder

1/8 cup of chia seeds

¼ cup of Lucuma powder

1 to 2 tablespoons of raw honey

½ teaspoon vanilla seeds (optional)

Method

Hemp and chia seeds combined give you a fantastic omega super-milk! With lucuma and honey for extra flavour, this is a delicious no-nut milk that can be used as a base for all types of smoothies.

Blend together and allow to stand for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken.

 

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Comments

Feelgood Health Team - September 30, 2019

Hi Cynthia,

Thanks for reaching out to us!

Please note that Chia Seeds are very good for weight loss however they should not be consumed dry. Chia Seeds absorb a lot of water and can therefore make you dehydrated if you do not soak them in water first before consuming.

In addition, Chia Seeds will not target cause you to lose weight in one area of your body only but rather in all areas of your body. If you are wanting to lose stomach fat, my suggestion would be to consume Superfoods Hemp Protein Powder as well as doing some body weight training to tone and firm your stomach muscles and promote a stronger core.

For more information on Superfoods Hemp Protein Powder, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/superfoods-hemp-seed-protein-builds-muscle-boosts-energy-vegan-protein-source

To learn more about body weight training for a stronger core and toned abs, please follow this link: https://greatist.com/move/best-bodyweight-exercises-abs#upper-abs

You can also use Solgar L-Carnitine to help boost your energy levels and help maximise your workout. For more information, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/solgar-l-carnitine-1500mg-for-energy-sports-endurance

I hope that you have found the above to be helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tassi
Feelgood Health Team

Cynthia - September 30, 2019

I was told that taking dry (chewing it) can help in reducing tummy fat. And thats exactly how I have been using it.. So what do you advice, because I don’t want to reduce the body weight only tummy fat.1

Feelgood Health Team - September 17, 2019

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for reaching out to us and for your interest in Chia Seeds!

Chia Seeds should always be soaked in water first before consuming as, if consumed dry, they can cause your body to dehydrate because of the amount of water they soak up. Once the Chia Seeds have been soaked in water, they can be consumed as is and do not need to be added to other foods or smoothies before consuming.

For more information on Organic Chia Seeds, please follow this link >> https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/superfoods-organic-chia-seeds-strength-energy-anti-aging-digestive

For more information on Organic Chia Sprouting Seeds, please follow this link >> https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/kitchen-garden-organic-chia-seed

I hope that you have found the above to be helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tassi
Feelgood Health team

Jackie Patterson - September 16, 2019

Can you consume chia seeds on their own without adding to anything. In other words drinking it. Thanks

Feelgood Health Team - June 19, 2019

Good day Thembi

Thanks for your question on our Feelgood Health blog.

Chia seeds are very nutritious and contain fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and many micronutrients. They may therefore be very useful in improving health and can assist with bladder problems, provided that they are not eaten dry (should be soaked in water at a ratio of one teaspoon of chia seeds to 1/2 cup water)

Please follow this link for more info: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/superfoods-organic-chia-seeds-strength-energy-anti-aging-digestive

We also have many other natural remedies to assist with bladder problems. Please could you tell us your son’s age and what the problems are and I would be happy to make recommendations for your son.

Kind Regards

Tassi Tyne Carelse
Feelgood Health team

Thembi Mthethwa - June 19, 2019

Hi there, I just want to know if chia seed can b used to eliminate bladder problems. My son was advised to drink too much of water bcos of such problem but it seems not effective. Thanking u in advanc

Feelgood Health Team - May 29, 2019

Good morning Tracey,

Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest in our Organic Chia Seeds!

I am pleased to inform you that our Organic Chia Seeds are currently on SALE as we are running a weight loss and detox sale that starts today and ends at midnight on Saturday 1 June. All of our weight loss products are discounted by 20%.

To view our products on sale, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/collections/natural-remedies-herbs-weight-loss-detox-slimming

Our Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds are discounted to R59.20 during our sale. We do not deliver to Postnet however we do deliver straight to your door (home or work address). We offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over R350.00 while orders under R350.00 attract a R75.00 courier fee.

For more information on Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/superfoods-organic-chia-seeds-strength-energy-anti-aging-digestive

I hope that you have found the above to be helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards
Tassi Tyne Carelse

Tracey - May 29, 2019

Price list on chia seed please and postage to postnet

Feelgood Health Team - May 21, 2019

Good morning Patricia,

Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest in our brand, Feelgood Health!

Chia Seeds are a great aid to weight loss as they are healthy and can be eaten at any time of the day! While Chia Seeds boost your metabolism to help you kick those extra kilos, they also act as an appetite suppressant.

Our recommendation would be to start your day off with our Superfoods Vanilla Mesquite Supershake for breakfast as it acts as a meal replacement and contains Chia Seeds. In addition, you should include Chia Seeds into your diet throughout the day such as adding them to some yoghurt before lunch time as well as in the evenings before supper.

For more information on Superfoods Vanilla Mesquite Supershake, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/vanilla-mesquite-supershake-with-five-superfoods
For more information on Superfoods Organic Chia Seeds, please follow this link: https://www.feelgoodhealth.co.za/products/superfoods-organic-chia-seeds-strength-energy-anti-aging-digestive

I hope that you have found the above to be helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tassi Tyne Carelse
Feelgood Health team

patricia - May 21, 2019

i want to use chia to loose weight what and how do i do this please

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