Chia Seeds and how they can help us

Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

They are non-GMO and naturally gluten free

Chia seeds are 40% fiber and 14% protein by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.

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Chia seeds are an ancient super food that has been used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. In fact, Chia means “strength” in the language of the Mayans, and was considered running food because messengers could run all day with the help of these tiny seeds.

Aztecs used the seed to stimulate the flow of saliva and to relieve joint pain. Aztec warriors survived on rations of chia seed – it was light, easy to carry in small pouches, and provided them energy and endurance. Natives who lived in what is now southwestern United States would chew on chia seeds during forced marches or on trade missions, running from the Colorado River to the west coast. These seeds were valuable enough to be used as trade currency and potent enough to prevent infections and stimulate healing when used as a poultice for wounds & injuries

2 times the protein of any other seed or grain.
5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones
Contains more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.
2 times the amount of potassium as bananas
3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
3 times more iron than spinach
Large amounts of omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential fatty acidschia heart

Use them soaked in water for baked goods, shakes, or sprinkle dry on cereal or toast.

Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost the nutritional value.
A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds, twice per day.

For more info:
http://www.naturalnews.com/024955_chia_seeds.html

 

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Make sure your dog’s overall diet has another source of omega-6 fatty acids before adding chia seeds. The fatty acids in chia will contribute to a healthy coat and may be a good alternative source for dogs that are sensitive to fish and fish oil

 

For more info:
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/NaturalFood/Chia#sthash.PPjoilGL.dpuf
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/chia-for-pets/

 

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