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Are Chia Seeds a Superfood?

chia-energy-gelCenturies ago, chia seeds were a staple of Mayan and Aztec diets. Other cultures all over the world also noticed the many benefits and added chia seeds to their regimens. Chia seeds were prohibited from being farmed after the Spanish conquest of Latin America, so the presence of the chia in the Americas became scarce. Today, doctors and nutritionists seeking out ways to provide American diets with the health benefits and nutrients that are lacking have rediscovered this amazing seed.

So are chia seeds a superfood? Chia seeds are considered a superfood because of the highly concentrated levels of powerful nutrients that are packed into such a small package. First, the low calorie chia seed can absorb up to ten times its weight in liquid. So as you consume small amounts of chia seeds, they expand in your stomach, allowing you to feel fuller.

Packed into these small seeds are high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. Higher levels per serving even than the amount you’ll find in salmon or a bran muffin, respectively. The complex carbohydrate provides increased energy and releases the needed nutrients over an extended period of time to keep you feeling awake and alert. Their nutrients also improve muscle function and increase stamina and endurance, making the chia seed the perfect addition to sports drinks, energy bars and other health and nutrition focused products.

Chia seeds have been known to provide powerful nutrients to help lower blood pressure, improve conditions such as diabetes, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. They contain omega-6, which helps with cell growth and the regulation of some body processes. Omega-6s are important because your body cannot make this important nutrient on its own. In addition to fiber and omega fatty acids, you will also benefit from the calcium, protein and antioxidants served up in a portion of chia seeds.

Chia seeds do not have to be ground up, chopped, cooked, or altered in any way for you to derive the benefits. However you prefer to consume this amazing superfood, you will reap the nutritional rewards.

There have been no known allergies directly caused by chia seeds, but some similar symptoms have presented themselves in people who have an allergy to mustard seed. Talk to your doctor first if you wish to add them to your regimen.

Thanks to its ability to improve endurance and stamina, chia is a great replacement alternative for athletes or other hard working people.  So whether you are working out or just working, Visit Vitalyte today and try Chia Surge High Endurance Performance Gel. Available in raspberry and orange-pineapple, these single-serving energy gels will give you the natural fuel you need to improve your performance in the office or on the court.

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