Chia seed Introduction
Chia Seeds dates back to the 3500 BC, and it was mainly harvested and grown by Central Americans, the natives especially Indians of the Southern States of America and the very great tribe of the former Aztecs of Mexico used them, and they were called as the super grains, as they were very high in nutrients. Chia seeds were used to enhance the capabilities and endurance. Therefore, it was especially used by their warriors, hunters, soldiers who use to patrol in the day as well in nights and also those who goes on routes for the search of new lands and tributaries.
They used Chia seeds as they said they can live on a very small quantity of these seeds per day i.e. only equivalent to three to four teaspoons full of these seeds along with a drink of water and it was especially consumed by their armies and even now Chia is a traditional food for Chumash and Tarahumara people of Chihuahua which are resided in the south-west of Mexico. These people crush, roast and mix these Chia seeds in water to make a Gel which they said as their standard food. The Aztecs not only used this crop for eating but they also offer it to their god as they consider it a superior food, even the taxes were also paid with it. This shows how excellent these seeds were to them.
Tarahumara people are famous for their barefoot runners as they use Chia seed as their permanent diet, after taking them they sometimes run to the odd intervals of time by having just this diet. Nowadays Chia seeds are also consumed by local people as well and are usually mixed with lemonade to make it into a refreshing beverage that is currently used in many parts of the southern USA i.e. in California and Arizona as well as also consumed in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico.
Chia seeds are also known as Salvia Hispanic and are a member of the mint family. It is a native plant to Guatemala and Central Mexico and ranges as far as Southern California, Arizona and Texas. It grows up to 1-meter high having leaves which are on the alternative side of the stern consisting of white/purple flowers that produce white coloured mottled, black, purple or brown seeds which are approximately 0.04 inches in diameter.
• Chia As a great diet
The question often arises that, is Chia good for everyone who intakes it? Does it have the same effect? Well the answer is that Chia is not only for the dieters but is also an ideal diet for the people who took several ways to maintain their blood pressure or who are willing or are focused on controlling their cholesterol and is also beneficial for the athletes who are ready to improve their running power or speed as it is the regular diet of the people of Tarahumara who are well known for their barefoot runners. In short, we can say that it is for the people who want to see themselves or feel as healthier.
• For Severe Health Conditions
Chia is always helpful in controlling, preventing and avoiding various kinds of serious health diseases. Diseases like Diabetes and Diverticulitis and Colon health. When talking about diabetes, Chia helps to keep your blood sugar levels low which contributes to keeping it balanced all day. When it comes to Diverticulitis and Colon health the two types of Chia, i.e. Soluble and Insoluble doubles the benefits.
Chia is also a complete and balanced diet, the people who go for the protein intakes or protein shakes to provide extra protein to their body, ca switch to Chia, as it has a complete protein content that your body needs. Till now as per studies had been conducted the Chia seeds are known to be the most and the nutritious seeds till now, even their nutritional content is much more than the flax seeds. It is filled with Fibre which is much more than present in flax seeds and also does not have plant oestrogens which are found in soy. It is also loaded with anti-oxidants, which helps in getting rid of the harmful free-radicals in your body to keep your tissues healthy.
Chia is also referred to as the dieters dream food some time as when the seeds goes into the body or are exposed to liquids like juices, water, etc, then the soluble fiber that is on the outside of the seed starts to absorb all that liquid or in other words we can say that it starts to hydrate. Every seed can absorb liquid up to 9 times to their current weight or even more and holds it there, then it becomes more like a food rather than liquid and keeps it there for long and you would feel like that you are full with a food which is actually the Chia seeds that are working inside of your body. Afterwards, the gel coating is removed eventually by the enzymes present in the intestine. Which keeps you hydrated for a longer period and allows your digestive system to work efficiently and more.
Not only you can take it directly or with water, but you can also sprinkle these seeds on many other foods like; Juice, Ice cream, milk, yoghurt, cereals, porridge, pasta or you can even use them in your breakfast and bring an extraordinary taste in any of your food. By doing this, you will automatically eat less and would feel fuller for a much longer period then you usually do.
One of the great benefits of intake of Chia seeds is that you can reduce your weight significantly without hurting yourself or keeping yourself for longer periods of time as the Chia seeds are fibre rich and are very slowly acted by the enzymes. So, the fibre fills you up very quickly and does crucial jobs that need to be performed to keep your metabolism fit and fine. Extra intake of Chia seeds is also not harmful as the fiber is not absorbed by the body. Therefore, it won’t be turning into an extra unwanted fat. The insoluble fibre is not absorbed by the body, therefore, it won’t be converting into excess fat, as it is not digestible therefore it can also help to clean the unwanted waste that has been in the body for quite a while. It correctly works like colonic irrigation but is surely far much cheaper than it. To know more about the health benefits of chia seeds, you can read further in this series about “chia seed for Endurance Runners and athletes“.