Chia is called Nature’s Complete Superfood because it is very high in nutrition that is essential for a healthy diet including Omega 3, dietary fibre and protein as well as vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Chia is gluten free, perfect for coeliacs to use.
Chia is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is ‘soluble’ in water. When mixed with water it forms a gel-like substance and swells. Soluble fibre has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. Insoluble fibre does not absorb or dissolve in water. It passes through the digestive system in close to its original form. Insoluble fibre offers many benefits to intestinal health, including regular gut function and can reduce the risk and occurrence of colon cancer.
Chia seeds are high in oil they contain 32-39% oil. A fantastic source of plant based omega 3 & 6. Omega 3 ALA is especially important for a healthy heart and research has shown it can be beneficial for lowering cholesterol, maintaining artery function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The other function of ALA in the body is to be partially converted to other Omega 3 fatty acids – Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which studies have shown, can be beneficial for brain function,mood disorders and cardiovascular health. Omega 6 LA is important for healthy skin and to be partially converted to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Arachidonic Acid (AA) which research has shown can be beneficial for anti inflammation, joint mobility and heart function.
Chia seeds are a great source of protein 20.4grams per 100g, with the added bonus of being a complete protein.
Dosage – a daily serve of 15 grams which is the equivalent of 1 level tablespoon.
Chia can be sprinkled over salads, cereals and muesli or incorporated into breads, muffins, slices, cookies or porridge.
Why not try Chia as a gel? When mixed with water (ratio – 1 tablespoon of Chia to 1 cup of water), Chia seed forms a unique nourishing gel that can be added to smoothies, juices, breakfast shakes, herbal teas, yogurts, soups, salad dressing or sauces.
Come visit us in Mosman at The Compounding Pharmacy Australia to buy your Chia Seeds today!!