Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have traditionally been consumed in South America for centuries and are prized for their nutrient rich properties. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and in the ideal dietary ratio of 1:1 (3:6). Omega-3 and 6 help to lower levels of LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the blood. Chia seeds also contain all eight essential amino acids that cannot be made in the body, this makes chia seeds a good alternative source of protein for Vegans. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants from vitamins A and E, and also contain a variety of B group vitamins and minerals.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Omega-3 and 6
  • Help to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol
  • Helps to maintain heart health and lowers risk of heart disease
Potassium
  • Maintains nervous system health
  • Maintains normal muscle function
  • Maintains normal blood pressure
Calcium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth and bones
  • Contributes to cell specialisation and division
Phosphorus
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids absorption and utilisation of calcium in the bones and teeth
  • Contributes to normal cell membranes
Magnesium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Contributes to normal nervous system function
  • Contributes to normal protein synthesis and cell division

 

Risks and Side Effects:

No noted risks or side effects

 

Uses

Chia seeds should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Chia seeds can be added to smoothies, salads, breads and baking.

 

Chia seeds and chia seed products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using chia seeds can be found here.

 

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