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Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • Increased blood levels of omega-3.

  • Improved blood sugar control.

  • Lower blood pressure.

  • Increased fiber intake.

  • Chia seeds contain 138 calories per ounce.

Eating one ounce of chia seeds each day would provide 18 percent of daily calcium needs, 27 percent of phosphorus, 30 percent of manganese, and smaller amounts of potassium and copper. Chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds. Most people do not consume enough of these essential nutrients. Chia seeds contain nearly 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon and their high levels of omega-3-fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid may be useful for weight loss. The seed can also be consumed as a gel when mixed with water. This causes it to digest more slowly in the body, potentially preventing hunger for a longer period.

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