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How Do People Benefit from Chia?

People who want to keep their Heart Healthy

Chia is the highest known vegetarian source of OMEGA 3 and there has been much research into the importance of Omega 3 in keeping your heart healthy. It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Many people have been able to lower their cholesterol levels by simply adding Chia to their diets.

People with Digestive Disorders

Chia is hydrophilic, meaning that the seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid. On entering the stomach, the seeds absorb excess stomach acids and can relieve the symptoms of heart-burn or indigestion.

Chia is high in both soluble and insoluble fibre providing a total of 5g Fibre in every serving of Chia. This fibre helps to speed up the excretion of waste and toxins from the body, preventing build-up in the intestine that could lead to several diseases. Many people who suffer symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) find that Chia eases symptoms immediately and helps maintain good digestive health.

People with Diabetes or who want to Balance Blood Sugar Levels

When Chia seeds are mixed with water they form a gel that provides a physical barrier and slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars helping to diminish sugar peaks and troughs. This is particularly useful to people who suffer type 2 diabetes as it provides a natural way of controlling their blood sugar levels.

People who want Increased Energy Levels

Once referred to as ‘Indian running food’, Chia has long been known to increase energy levels. As many athletes already know, Chia is a great natural performance enhancer and owing to it’s hydrophillic properties, Chia also help keep you hydrated for longer periods of time. Christopher McDougall wrote about the energy enhancing power of Chia in his Book ‘Born to Run’

‘If you had to pick just one desert island food, you couldn’t do much better than Chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease, after a few months on the Chia diet, you could probably swim home’ excert from ‘Born to Run’

People with Joint Pain or Arthritis

There are so many health benefits of chia but relief of joint pain is one noted by many people. The high levels of Omega 3 found in Chia have been known to ease the pain that arthritis sufferers know all about. Because Chia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory it can help ease the suffering of many people with inflammation problems such as various joint pains or old injuries.

People who wish to Improve Memory & Concentration

We all know that we need to take more omega 3 as our modern diets lack it so much and one of the main things it is associated with is brain function. Omega 3 is an essential nutrient for brain health and is often referred to as ‘brain food’. People who add Chia to their diets have reported noticing better memory and as rates of alzheimers disease worldwide increases, it has never been more important to make sure you have enough ‘brain food’ in your diet. Chia provides the perfect solution to increasing your Omega 3 levels and keeping your brain function healthy.

People who wish to Lost Weight

As mentioned, Chia is hydrophilic, meaning that when added to food, it thickens, absorbs moisture and hence, keeps you feeling fuller for longer. It is also full of fibre and releases energy slowly. All these factors help in the quest to loose weight as maintaining a health body weight is one of the most important factors in leading a healthy lifestyle.
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