MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF CHIA SEEDS
(Salvia hispanica L.)
BENEFITS OF CHIA
Chia against cardiovascular disease
The role of chia on cardiovascular disease is due to its high content in essential fatty acids Omega 3; to its high percentage of soluble fiber in its composition, and its dietary intake of calcium, trace elements, antioxidants and plant substances such as beta-sitosterol.
Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory, antiarrhythmic and antithrombotic properties, with direct consequences for improving cardiovascular health. In this direction, it is very important the contribution of calcium, zinc and and other minerals that help muscle contraction of the veins.
Antioxidants components also work positively for the good condition of the blood vessel walls. This effect is enhanced by vegetable substances such as beta-sitosterol.
Furthermore, chia seeds contain mucilaginous fiber that acts to reduce cholesterol absorption from the diet. Also, beta-sitosterol action against cholesterol is very positive.
Chia seeds for hypertension an varicose veins
Currently this seems the most important field of research about chia seeds. Its contribution in Omega 3 does not go unnoticed on a diet where the consumption of foods rich in these fats is increasing nowadays.
Chia seeds, along with flax and walnuts, is the plant food with most Omega 3. So, the introduction of this seed in the diet of farm animals to increase the Omega 3 content of eggs and raise dairy products is being tested.
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Chia for digestive disorders
Chia seeds were already used in ancient times for digestive disorders.
In the picture: chia seeds soaked and drained. One can observe the gel that soluble fiber forms with water on the surface of chia.
Chia fiber has beneficial effects on the liver
Soluble fiber has demonstrated effects on the lower reabsorption of biliary cholesterol. That is, a diet rich in soluble fiber, as it could be when supplemented with chia, prevents reabsorption of some of the digestive juices that come from the gallbladder and are rich in cholesterol. These qualities have already been reported in the twentieth century by Maximino Martinez in the uses of chia against gallbladder stones.
Therefore, this fiber supplement is recommended for people who have undergone surgery for gallbladder and to prevent gallbladder stones.
Chia helps control diabetes
In the picture: Chia yogurt, fresh fruit and tea. Chia yogurt combines with all fresh fruits. This is a perfect combination to fight constipation.
To control diabetes, chia regulatory action is exerted by its fiber. This mucilaginous fiber form an aqueous gel that causes the sugars and starches from food to be absorbed more slowly, but we must take care of a proper diet for diabetes. In addition, the contribution of omega 3 is interesting for preventing or treating cardiovascular disease often present with diabetes.
Chia for weight-diet
Chia seeds contain, as already stated, large numbers of mucilage. This is a type of soluble fiber, that. in contact with water, hydrates and increases in volume by forming an aqueous gel.
Other uses of chia
Some other uses of chia are, for example:
Recommended amount of chia seeds
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.