Chia seeds are so beneficial for women especially. Learn about their benefits, plus how to incorporate them into your meals.
As Asians, we’re always skeptical about trying new foods that are said to have health benefits. Same goes with chia seeds. It’s sold at major supermarkets and smoothie bowl shops, but it seems as though only a handful of locals are into it.
Well, that needs to change. This amazing superfood that originated from Mayan and Aztec cultures boasts a long list of benefits which have been proven by research. It is also a versatile ingredient with no taste so you can easily add it into your meals.
Prevents premature skin aging
These tiny seeds are packed with antioxidants – a substance that helps speed up the skin repair process and prevents any further damage. Not only does it prolong skin aging, the superfood is also able to increase collagen levels which in turn gives you taut and glowy skin.
Apart from consuming these seeds, applying it topically also works amazingly. Simply grind the seeds with a coffee or spice grinder for the nutrients to reach your skin easily. Mix it with some water till you get a paste consistency and apply it directly to your face as a mask.
Boosts energy and metabolism
Studies have shown that consuming chia seeds prior to a workout provides the same amount of energy as a sugary energy drink, but without the high sugar content. Taking a serving of chia seeds a day also helps to boost metabolism and burn belly fat too.
While chia seeds mixed into water is a great way to ensure your daily intake, try adding the superfood into smoothies instead. They can be added into any smoothie of your choice as the seeds have little to no taste.
Fights breast and cervical cancer
The omega-3 fatty acid component found in chia seeds have been proven to limit the growth of cancer cells. Studies have also shown that consuming the seeds can kill the cancer cells without harming normal healthy cells.
Other foods that can help fight breast or cervical cancer include apples, peaches and strawberries. Our tip on how to consume chia seeds for the ultimate cancer prevention would be to make a smoothie bowl with all these ingredients. Alternatively, you can indulge by using ice cream. Sprinkle a serving of the seeds over your smoothie bowl or ice cream and you’re good to go.
Keeps you full for longer
Don’t underestimate these tiny seeds because they can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water due to it being a high-fibre food. This means that you will be less likely to munch on snacks after your meals, which might lead to weight loss.
Add a serving of chia seeds into your juice or cereal in the morning. This makes an easy and fuss-free way of consuming the recommended intake of the superfood.
Keeps stress away
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in chia seeds, can help your body produce serotonin which leads to feelings of calmness. Some studies have also found that it can help fight anxiety.
Delicious chia seed pudding recipes are all over the internet so you’ll surely find one with your favourite ingredients. It makes a yummy and healthy dessert that you can snack on after a long and tiring day at work.
A version of this article first appeared on www.herworld.com.