Sunday 18 August 2013


So, what's chia and what's the big deal about?

"Chia" in Mayan means strength. In many ways this is what it was for, a high energy superfood. Chia seeds are the worlds best plant-based source of omega-3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. Introducing chia into the diet can be very beneficial for people looking to:

  • increase energy levels
  • improve skin, hair and nail health
  • aid in the management of diabetes
  • increase fibre in their diet
  • manage weight/weight loss
  • maintain heart health

Chia seeds are abundant in protein, omega 3, fibre and essential vitamins and minerals. They are also gluten free.  The protein found in Chia is a complete protein as it contains all 8 amino acids. 

The Chia Co - 1KG White Chia Seed

Why do I need protein in my diet?

Our skin, hair and nails is made up from mainly protein which isn't stored in the body. This means we have to eat enough in our diets. Chia has around 20% protein content. We also need protein in our diet for growth and repair of different tissues in the body. Athletes use chia to aid muscle repair.

Why do I need fibre in my diet?

Fibre keeps our digestive systems working. Chia has around a 36% fibre content with 80% being soluble versus 20% insoluble. It helps lower cholesterol, improve the health of your intestines and can reduce the risk of cancer of the colon.

Why do I need Omega-3 in my diet?

Chia seeds contain 20% omega-3 ALA. It is an essential fatty acid which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. Omega-3 ALA is also thought to improve the condition of people suffering with depression.

It also contains the following vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. 

Calcium: healthy teeth, bones and cardiac function

Iron: healthy hair, healthy blood which transports oxygen to tissues and organs

Magnesium: helps body absorb calcium and maintaining a healthy heart

Phosphorous: maintains kidney health, fluid levels in body and aids effectiveness of calcium in the body

Potassium: maintains blood pressure, overall health of body cells

Where do I buy Chia?

I purchased my chia seeds from The Chia Co, an Australian company with a commitment to sustainable farming. My order was delivered within a week and I couldn't wait to try them out! 

How do I incorporate chia into my diet?

I have had about 15g of seeds each day since they arrived by adding them to things like smoothies, soups or just by soaking them in water and then eating them. I was pleasantly surprised that chia seeds don't have a strong taste which makes them easy to incorporate into many different meals. What more could you want from something so healthy?! 

Where did I hear about chia?

I first heard about chia seeds from a friend after I told her I was keen to improve the health of my hair and nails. I am going to continue taking chia seeds everyday and my goal is to do so for 3 months and then make another post about any changes I have noticed whether it be my hair and nails or just general health.

I highly recommend chia seeds, they are packed full of benefits and a great addition to your diet and overall health. I hope this post helped if you are thinking of trying chia seeds.


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