7 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, and are native to South America. These seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans to sustain energy. “Chia” actually is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”. Only recently has chia seed has become widely known as a super food. Chia seeds can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. They don’t have much taste, so you can put them into pretty much anything! Adding chia seeds will dramatically boost the nutrition in any food you use it with. You can sprinkle them on cereal, oatmeal, yogurts or vegetables. You can put them in baked goods such as healthy muffins and breads. Chia seeds are well tolerated, so there really is no reason for not incorporating them in your diet. Here are seven important benefits of Chia seeds.

1.  Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, giving you 5 grams in a 1-ounce serving which equates to two tablespoons. And as we all know by now, omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body, which lead to pain and disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very important for brain health, enhancing cognitive performance, and also for lowering high cholesterol.

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