I don’t know about you, but my first introduction to chia seeds was through the incredible novelty toy called the Chia Pet! Remember those? Ch-ch-ch-Chia! How surprised was I a few years ago when these funky little seeds began making waves on the health food scene!
Chia seeds are one of the easiest add-in options for health! Rich in omega-3 fats and lots of healthy fiber, these tiny seeds are also hydrophilic, which means they absorb and retain water.
Here are some benefits of chia seeds which are not only incredibly supportive for your hormonal balance but are also essential for brain and body too!
- Balanced bits of protein, fiber, and fat:
One ounce of chia seeds provides the following nutrients approximately 11 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. That combo helps maintain balanced blood sugar (which helps balance hormones) and will keep you feeling full longer!
- Loaded with Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are extremely important for hormones, and chia seeds have them! Instead of relying on supplements to get antioxidants, shift into healthier food choices, and enjoy better nutrition and better absorption.
- High-Quality Protein:
Protein is important to maintain a good equilibrium in hormones. Chia seeds get about 15% of their calories from protein and one-ounce yields 4 grams.
- Balance Blood Sugar Levels:
High blood sugar levels create havoc for hormones. This is where chia seeds shine. According to DH Herbs, “Chia gel slowly releases carbohydrates and helps to slow the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar) for energy. The outer layer of chia seeds is rich in mucilloid-soluble fiber, which keeps the seeds from drying out in desert air. When chia seeds mix with water or stomach juices, a gel forms that creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. Your body eventually digests the carbohydrates, but at a slower and uniform rate. There is no insulin surge or spike needed to lower blood sugar levels after eating chia seeds.”
- Decrease Inflammation:
Inflammation is a sign of imbalance. It is a response to imbalance and a good sign that your body needs some support.
Omega-3-rich chia may help prevent and ease chronic inflammation. Including chia as a part of your healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease while supporting brain and hormone health!
Chia has too many benefits to ignore. Start adding these cute little seeds into your diet. A teaspoon of chia stirred into eight ounces of water will help you stay hydrated as it holds water in its seedcoat and releases it as during digestion in the intestines. Add chia to smoothies and porridge, add them to your overnight oats. Add them and enjoy the benefits!