10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Chia, Salvia hispanica, is a flowering plant in the mint family, native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala. Cultivated and treasured by the Aztecs, chia was regarded as a superfood that could sustain an individual for 24 hours, stimulate saliva flow for hydration, and relieve joint pain.

These days, chia seeds are used more as a natural nutritional supplement. I love that I can just add a tablespoon or two of chia seeds to my favorite foods and received all their benefits. I add these delicious nutty-flavored seeds mostly to my smoothies, oatmeal, cereal & yogurt.

10 Reasons to Use Chia Seeds:
1. Rich source of essential minerals, such as phosphorus, manganese, calcium etc.
2. Chia is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own.
3. Great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
4. Chia seeds can easily be added to most foods like baked goods, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, salad etc.
5. Chia seeds boost metabolism and provide long-lasting energy.
6. High in anti-oxidants which help fight free radicals.
7. Helps reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar.
8. Has anti-inflammatory properties; the Omega-3 fatty acids help lubricate joints and relieve pain!
9. Easily Digestible. You don't have to grind them to take advantage of their nutrients.
10. Contains high amounts of tryptophan, which is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin increases feelings of happiness and pleasure.  Melatonin relaxes you and has anti-cancer properties.

Hopefully I've convinced you to try chia seeds! They really are so healthy and so easily integrated into your current diet. 

In health,
Dr. Naika