Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) is a plant native to Mexico; its seeds had already been used as food by the civilizations of Central America for many centuries. No wonder she’s considered a super food! Chia seed is rich in nutrients and it helps preventing several diseases. It contains many fibers, what helps in intestinal transit, it avoids constipation, it increases satiety by slowing down the feeling of hunger and it makes your carbohydrates have low glycemic index.
Chia is rich in omega-3 and it contributes to the reduction of inflammatory processes. It has 5 times more calcium than cow’s milk and you can find phosphorus, zinc, manganese, potassium, iron and magnesium on it, which besides contributing to healthier teeth, they contribute to the improvement of the immune system.
It is a good source of protein because it contains all the essential amino acids like isoleucine, leucine, valine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and tryptophan that help you get a good night’s sleep and less stress. The chia seed still has in its composition the presence of the flavonoid kaempferol, as well the caffeic and chlorogenic acids, which are fundamental to avoid the formation of free radicals in the body. In addition, chia has a very subtle flavor and it is easily added to anything you want to eat or drink. You can hydrate it (put 1 tablespoon in 60mL of water) and use the gel in juices, soups, vitamins, shakes and even in pasta sauces. You can also put chia seeds in fruits, yogurts, salads, breads and cakes.