Aztec warriors used to eat chia seeds for energy and endurance. Today athletes and consumers alike are seeking out these tiny seeds for their super nutrition benefits.
Chia seeds have moved from the niche shelves of health food co-ops to mainstream grocery stores across the country. Why? Many prize them as a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids for fighting inflammation. Others use them to help lower cholesterol levels or to lose weight.
These fiber-rich seeds also promote bowel regularity while lowering blood glucose and triglyceride levels. And they are packed with antioxidants, protein and calcium.
Adding chia seeds to your diet is easy. They can be sprinkled whole or ground onto salads, oatmeal, smoothies or yogurt. When mixed with water, they make a good egg substitute for baking.
One caution, though: chia seeds can thin the blood, so check with your physician if you’re taking medicine like warfarin.
For more about this popular superfood, read our article in the spring 2016 issue of Carilion Clinic Living magazine.