Health – on the seedy side

CHIA vs FLAX?  I don’t know if one is better than the other so I use both.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Both are considered super-seeds. At least Flax was spared the humility of being sold as a pet.  Let’s focus on chia seeds for now.

Not so long ago chia seeds were most well known for being spread onto terracotta pottery so that they would grow fur to resemble some kind of animal.  I never had one of those and thought them to be in the same category as the useless pet rock.

But then we found out that the seeds are much more useful than for making novelty items; they’re incredibly beneficial for your health.  So to be on the healthy safe side I put a handful into my vitamix to add to smoothies and top granola and oatmeal with the potent little seeds that have similar benefits to Flax except they don’t have to be ground prior to consumption, and they don’t go rancid as quickly either.

Chia seeds, along with mint, were a prized food to the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength, and the tiny seeds were valued for their energy-boosting properties.

A Rich Source of Healthy Fats and Nutrients

Chia seeds are a quick and easy-to-use source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, all rolled into one neat package. That’s a lot to boast about.

20160112_100741In addition, chia seeds contain a number of additional phytochemicals, each with its own unique benefits. This includes myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, and caffeic acid.

As it goes with the latest “IT” health boosters, you can buy it in other forms like the “Mamma Chia” energy drink shown here which has other added health benefits like spinach, kale, mint & spirulina and tastes similar to bubble tea.

Do you use Chia?

 

One thought on “Health – on the seedy side

  1. Yes. I also use Napolina digestive blend, Matcha & assorted superfood blends. I have a Nutribullet. Santa gave me a NutraNinja. I ‘ll try it soon.

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