Chia seeds have been around for the longest time. They were believed to be a staple in ancient Egypt and were an essential part of diets. Extracted from a flowering plant called Salvia Hispanica, these are oval-shaped and grey-coloured seeds are recognised with the black and white spots on them. They are popular for developing a gel texture when submerged in liquid and are a staple ingredient in healthy smoothie bowls, yoghurt cups, milky beverages and snack bars. Originated in Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are slowly but steadily becoming very popular in India as well; here are some of its major benefits and how to best use them.
1. Thicker hair
Chia seeds are known to be extremely high in vitamin E and fatty acids. These can help make the hair thicker and stronger while promoting hair growth. When added to hair masks and mixed with eggs, nothing works better for hair than chia seeds!
2. Loaded With Antioxident
Another area where chia seeds shine is their high antioxidant content. These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid. While the benefits of antioxidant supplements are debated, researchers agree that getting antioxidants from food can have positive health effects. Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cell molecules and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
3. Fights free radical damage
The high levels of antioxidants in chia seeds help fight free radical damage caused by UV exposure. This further helps keep signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles, at bay.
4. Soothes inflammation
Most of your skin issues are the result of some form of inflammation in the skin. Chia seeds consist of cooling properties that can help soothe inflammation and keep you healthy and calm.
5. More Calcium Than Milk
Just one serving a day packs nearly 18% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium , making chia seeds an excellent option for people who do not consume dairy. “Yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, smoothie bowls and made into a pudding.” Getting enough calcium means stronger bones and teeth, not to mention it might help skin cell turnover and moisture levels.
6. High Protein
Chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein. By weight, they’re about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants. They also have a good balance of amino acid, so your body should be able to make use of their protein content. Protein has various health benefits and is by far the most weight loss friendly dietary nutrient. A high protein intake lowers appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60% and the desire for night time snacking by 50% .
7. Helps add glow to your skin
Rich in nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and potassium, regular consumption of chia seeds can help boost skin luminosity and elasticity, making it glow from the inside out.
8. Makes for a good skin barrier
Chia seeds helps in strengthening the skin’s barrier. This naturally weakens as people age and leaves skin sagging and wrinkly. Chia seed oil is filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that helps in strengthening the skin.