Chia seeds strengthen the entire body: they promote the performance of the brain, supply long-lasting energy, have a detoxifying effect, support digestion, make the body full, strengthen the heart and protect against skin aging. The seeds thus live up to their name: the word “Chia”, which originates from the Mayan languages, means “strength”. The strong seeds contain so many nutrients and properties that they have a positive effect on the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the brain, the energy metabolism and our DNA. Due to their high nutrient density, they help the body to build up healthy tissue, which has a beneficial effect on wound healing and is useful for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Chia seeds also help the body to prevent and combat diseases. In this article you will learn more about the health effects of Chia seeds, which have already been proven by several studies.
Musculoskeletal system: Strong bones and muscles
Chia seeds contain a nutrient composition that supports our musculoskeletal system: Copper, manganese, phosphorus and calcium are significantly involved in the development of bone tissue. The seeds contain five times more calcium than milk and the trace element boron, which makes it easier for the body to absorb calcium. Calcium is also essential for healthy muscle function. This is supported by magnesium, which is abundantly present in Chia seeds.
A healthy heart
The calcium contained in the Chia seeds not only supports the musculoskeletal system, but also plays an important role in blood clotting.
Chia seeds have the highest proportion of omega-3 fatty acids in plants (20%). This triple unsaturated fatty acid has a positive effect on the health of the cardiovascular system: it helps the body to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood lipid levels. Omega-3 fatty acid also helps prevent thrombosis by improving blood circulation. These factors help to reduce the risk of heart attack. The ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the Chia seeds is 3:1, which is considered to be a particularly healthy ratio for our body.
The abundant dietary fibres help to eliminate cholesterol and thus support the effect of omega-3 fatty acid in lowering cholesterol levels. Turmeric also has this effect.
Copper, iron and manganese support the formation and regeneration of the red blood cells that are responsible for the oxygen transport in our blood. Red blood cells are the most abundant cells in the human body. Copper, iron and manganese from the Chia seeds have a positive effect on the oxygen supply of the human body, which can improve performance.
Digestive and detoxifying properties of Chia seeds
Dietary fibres not only have a cholesterol-lowering effect, they also support the intestinal activity in a natural way and thus prevent intestinal inertia. The dietary fibres in the Chia seeds are responsible for the fact that the seeds can absorb 9-12 times their own weight of liquid within 10 minutes. This increases the volume of the food and stimulates muscle activity in the intestine.
The extraordinary swelling capacity makes Chia seeds soaked in water beforehand a healthy gastric filler that can maintain the body’s hydration for a longer period of time. If you consume the seeds with less or no water, they swell in the stomach and cause a feeling of satiety. They also have a stomach and intestinal cleansing effect, as they can bind toxins and acids to themselves and remove them. Chia seeds help to detoxify the body and free it from possible pathogens or prevent them.
If you eat chia seeds together with carbohydrates, the energy conversion is slowed down: The seeds prevent the digestive enzymes from converting the carbohydrates into sugar immediately. This leads to a flatter but more steady increase in blood sugar levels. Chia seeds are therefore particularly suitable for diabetics, but also for those who want to achieve a slower release of energy in the body (e. g. athletes).
Further positive effects
With omega-3 fatty acids, copper, magnesium, calcium and vitamins B1 and B3, Chia seeds support the function of the brain and nervous system.
Vitamins B1 and B3 help the human organism to convert energy. Magnesium supports general metabolic processes, manganese supports the processing of carbohydrates and phosphorus helps to store energy. Chia seeds optimize energy production in the body and strengthen the immune system. Allergies can thus be combated better by the body.
DNA – Education and Repair
Vitamins B1 and B3 help the body repair DNA. Phosphorus plays a major role in the formation of DNA. Chia seeds also have a positive effect on our DNA.
Chia seeds contain selenium. The antioxidant is one of the strongest and helps the body to reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. It also facilitates the absorption of vitamin E. Chiasamen thus protect against cell ageing, especially the aging of skin cells.
Slimming down healthily
Chia seeds can support a diet excellently. Read more about this in our article Slimming with Chia seeds.
Healthy in every respect
It is worthwhile to integrate Chia seeds into our daily diet. We have less cholesterol and high blood pressure and our performance is improved thanks to better oxygen transport in the blood. We feel better overall.