Who would have thought that such a small seed contains the higher dose of Omega 3’s gram for gram than salmon? Yep that would be Chia seeds and that is just one of its many amazing benefits.
Digestive power of Chia seeds
Chia seeds give the colon a deep cleanse, many saying it is like going through a colon cleanse program. Due to this fact, they lower the risk of colon cancer significantly when taken regularly. This is why many use chia seeds digestive health.
They are also very high in fiber, just one ounce of chia seeds contains 12 grams of fiber in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber. Having soluble fiber in your daily diet is critical as it helps breakdown food and also absorbs glucose into the bloodstream. For this reason type II diabetics substantially benefit from a daily dose of chia. Insoluble fiber helps keep everything moving through the gut resulting in keeping you “regular.”
Another benefit of chia seeds are that they regulate your appetite. They do this because they are high in tryptophan an amino acid which makes you feel full. This is the same amino that is found in Turkey. It has been shown that chia seeds help weight loss because of the feeling full effect.
Digestive system detox
The majority of problems that arise related to digestive health (colon cancer, IBS, etc…) lots of times occurs do to free radical damage from high toxicity in the gut. The best way to clean the colon is by eating foods with high fiber content. Chia seeds when soaked in water, form a gel which can then be taken raw to cleanse the digestive system. This provides an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, phytonutrients & antioxidants for the colon to help cleanse and renew it.
For those that prefer not to eat animal products, you can use chia seeds as a vegan egg replacer. I recommend grinding the seeds into a powder, either with a mortar & pestle, coffee grinder or whatever you have to make a fine powder. Once you have a fine powder mix in a ratio of 1 part powder to 3 parts liquid (coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk). After you have mixed the substance thoroughly let sit for 2-5 minutes until gooey. You can use this as a substitute in muffins, cookies, pancake, breads, or any other recipe that calls for eggs. Enjoy!