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February 25, 2013

Natural Health: Chia seeds can do much for your health

Niagara Gazette — Chia seeds are becoming more popular and are now easily found in the health food section of most grocery stores.  

Chia seed is the common name for Salvia Hispanica.  It is a species of a flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.  

Up until now, chia seeds were most known for the popular Christmas gift, the Chia Pet.  The chia seed was spread and sprouted over a terra cotta figure, and would resemble hair or fur in just a few weeks.

Constipated individuals should consider the use of chia seeds, as they absorb ten times their weight in water, which forms a bulky gel.  This bulky gel will travel through your digestive system with greater ease, making it less likely to become a hard, unmoving blockage.  

Those attempting to lose weight will benefit, as chia seed reduces cravings and may prevent some calorie absorption.  Chia seed will make you feel full as well as provide some hydrating benefit.

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.  They actually contain more omega-3 than salmon.  This provides the body with beneficial anti-inflammatory properties.  Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate that they can help control blood sugar.  This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.

Chia seeds are easier to digest than flaxseed, and don’t need to be ground up.

For those suffering from chronic constipation, this recipe has helped many individuals.  Mix 1/3 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups of pure water.  Wait approximately five minutes and stir the mixture again, as it will have thickened a bit.  Drink it down.  Now go check a mirror, as you will have to pick some of those black seeds out from between your teeth.  

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