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The Amazing Chia Seed

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Most people think of chia as the figures that grow hair by watering them. This is because the chia seed forms a think gel holding the chia seeds together.
But there is a more important use of the chia seed.
Studies have shown that chia (Salvia hispanica) is an all around nutritional source. It provides protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and essential fatty acids. It is also the richest vegan source of omega-3.
Chia, which is Mayan for “strength”, is a desert plant native to Central America.
It’s one of today’s super foods.

Chia for weight loss
Hunger is an enemy of weight loss. So here comes the chia seed. Chia seeds quickly absorb liquid to create a gel. Hence the terra cotta Chia Pets which appear to grow hair overnight. The gel coating from chia seeds tricks the stomach into thinking it is full. And the seeds absorb 12 times their weight with very little added calories.
Add two tablespoons of chia to your diet and get 10 grams of fiber – a third of your daily requirement.
Check this out at the January 2015 issue of Life Extension.