Chia seeds benefits: Four reasons why you should try the forgotten crop of the Aztecs

We take a look at the main Chia seeds benefits and why you should incorporate them into your healthy diet

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Chia seeds have many nutritional benefits Photo: Barb Dunn / Flickr

Chia seeds have been making the nutritional headlines in recent years due to the numerous health benefits they can have.

One of the ancient foods of the Aztecs, not only are chia seeds great for you, but they’re super easy to incorporate into your healthy, balanced diet.

They have a subtle taste that can be easily blended into a morning smoothie, baked into protein balls, or sprinkled on top of your morning porridge to enhance every meal.

Just one tablespoon a day can help to give you the nutritional boost you need, as chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are a complete plant-protein – helping enhance your performance and give a tip-top feeling at the beginning, and end, of every race.

Here are some of the top chia seeds benefits, brought to you by Chia Bia.

1) Sustained energy

Chia seeds are hydrophilic – simply meaning that, when added to food, they thicken and absorb water. This forms a gel-like substance that helps slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar – helping to stabilise blood sugars and keep you energised for longer.

2) Increased hydration

Chia’s hydrophilic quality also allows for better regulation of body fluid levels and retention of essential electrolytes, keeping you steadily hydrated during a workout – whether a quick jog around the park or a full 26-mile marathon.

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3) Reduce inflammation

Chia is the highest-known plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation of muscles and alleviate joint pain.

4) Fast recovery

Packed with antioxidants and containing all eight essential amino acids (the building blocks of our body), chia helps the body to replenish and rebuild post-workout. A source of complete protein, the tiny seeds work to regenerate cells and tissues to support and strengthen the immune system.

Find out how Chia Bia can boost your training, share your marathon training top tips using #chiabiachallenge and join the Chia Bia community on Twitter and Instagram, @chiabiaseed, for more inspiration and advice.

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This article was last updated on February 20, 2018.
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