EM Super Foods Premium Aztec Black Chia Seeds are sourced from the Chia Seed Growers farming cooperative in Southern Mexico, who harvest one of the original strains of the Salvia Hispanica L. variety of Chia. Their Chia seed strain was one of the principle whole food seeds of the Aztec diet. Chia Seed Growers are the only grower-producer and processor that farms within the region where the Chia seed originated from.
Chia Seed Growers traditional farmer cooperatives grows at the proper extreme high altitude in the high mountain, volcanic rich soil of Southern Mexico. Their unique growers areas not equalled anywhere else in the world and offer an opportunity to produce a remarkably high antioxidant seed, rich in dietary fibre, protein and omega 3's.
The seed is very low in sodium and due to its high antioxidants profile can be stored for years, unlike other seeds and grains that need special storage. The gel forming soluble fibre properties in Chia Seeds, allow for slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels in a healthy manner.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Grown at attitudes over 1800 metres in the high misty mountains of South Central Mexico where the climate and soil quality is optimal for growing the highest quality of Chia. This mystical area, known as the land of "eternal spring" is graced with fertile volcanic peaks and mineral rich water from the surrounding mountain aquifers. THe unique growing area offers an opportunity to fibre, protein and omega 3's
Chia Seed is very low in sodium and due to its high antioxidants profile can be stored for years, unlike other seeds and grains that need special storage. The gel forming soluble fibre properties in Chia Seeds, allow for slow digestion and sustain balanced blood sugar levels in a healthy manner.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds' lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids -- specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. That is one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.
Satiety...stay full, for longer
Satiety is the feeling of being full and satisfied, which helps lower food cravings between meals. The combination of protein, fiber and the gelling action of chia seeds when mixed with liquids all contribute to their satiating effects.
A study published in the "British Journal of Nutrition" showed that chia seeds as a dietary fat source can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL or "good" cholesterol. The study also found that when substituting chia seeds for other fat sources, such as corn oil, the ALA was able to prevent high triglyceride levels and reduce central obesity.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Chia seeds can play an important role in regulating insulin levels. They can reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood.
100% Dark Whole Chia Seeds
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