It is useful to add chia seeds to vegetable and fruit salads, sauces, puddings, cottage cheese, pasta, omelets, vegetable, meat and fish dishes, cereals, muesli, kefir, yoghurts, juices, smoothies, cocktails, cakes, tea, bread, pastries and confectionery products. Chia seeds are good for cooking meat cutlets and rolls, as well as thickeners of sauces, soups, kissels and desserts, which is much more useful than starch and other thickeners. Ground chia seeds are mixed with flour to increase the useful properties of baking, pancakes and fritters.
The last mystery of the greatness of the Aztecs.
Five thousand years ago in Ancient Mexico chia seeds were used as currency. The rulers of the Maya and the Aztecs accepted chia seeds from the defeated tribes as an offering.
Even the ancient Indians paid attention to increasing endurance when eating chia seeds. Indians of the Tarahumara tribe (“fast-footed”), who ate exactly the seeds of chia, pursued the animals while hunting, until they fell from fatigue.
Aztec warriors during the campaigns and battles ate chia seeds, which gave them strength and endurance. The main thing they took with them was a gun and a bag of chia seeds. Just one spoonful of chia seeds, eaten the day before, gave them the opportunity to perform 24 hour transitions. At the same time, their body was not dehydrated and was not depleted physically. And all this took place in a mountainous and hot climate.
Interesting and incredible facts about the chia seeds:
Chia seeds help to slim and help to lose weight. Getting into the stomach, the seeds of chia swell, absorbing a moisture of 12 times their weight. This gives a feeling of satiety, respectively, allows you to get rid of excess calories, while contributing to the normalization of the digestive system. Adding water to chia seeds in 15 minutes turns them into jelly. The same effect occurs in the stomach, which creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, which is beneficial for people with diabetes and for people who are watching their weight.
Fiber, from chia in combination with other microelements, is indispensable for the treatment of obesity and the fight against excess weight. With its help, cholesterol is excreted from the body, the intestines are cleared, fats are split. Fibers absorb bad cholesterol, thus preventing it from being deposited on the walls of blood vessels in the form of blood clots and cholesterol plaques, which helps prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. A large amount of plant fiber allows you to quickly saturate and satisfy hunger for a longer period, which, in turn, allows you to eat less food and, accordingly, to get fewer calories.
The world-famous nutritionist and author of the Ducant Diet, Pierre Duccan, said that chia seeds help to reduce weight, maintain a normal level of cholesterol, give a feeling of satiety and are a valuable antioxidant.
Antioxidants, which chia seeds are rich in, prevent aging of the body – this is the secret of the attractiveness of women of Mexican tribes, surprising European travelers with their youth and beauty.
OMEGA-3, which chia seeds is very rich in, is of great positive value for the work of the heart, lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood and even helps to reduce pain in arthritis and osteoporosis.
Chia seeds help to lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Studies by Canadian scientists have shown that after 3 months of daily consumption of chia seeds, the blood of the examinees became less viscous and less prone to clots. At the same time, the pressure of the participants in the research fell significantly.
Whether you are healthy, suffering from diabetes or just want to lose weight – try to use the chia seeds in your diet.
It is useful to add chia seeds to vegetable and fruit salads, sauces, puddings, cottage cheese, pasta, omelets, vegetable, meat and fish dishes, cereals, muesli, kefir, yoghurts, juices, smoothies, cocktails, cakes, tea, bread, pastries and confectionery products.
Chia seeds are good for cooking meat cutlets and rolls, as well as thickeners of sauces, soups, kissels and desserts, which is much more useful than starch and other thickeners.
Ground chia seeds are mixed with flour to increase the useful properties of baking, pancakes and fritters.
Due to the gelatinous consistency, chia seeds are successfully replaced in the dough the eggs, which will appeal to vegans and people who observe the Christian fast. Jelly, made from chia seeds with water, can be used in almost any dish as a substitute for eggs. To do this, mix 1 tbsp. chopped chia seeds with 3 tbsp. of water and leave for 15 minutes. The resulting mixture is equivalent to one chicken egg.
Mexican mothers cook their children chia-porridge with milk, where they add chocolate, fruits, nuts and cream.
The daily norm for a healthy person is 2-4 tablespoons chia seeds.
With the regular use of chia seeds, it is possible to prevent the onset of development of dangerous cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, normalize cholesterol, minimize the likelihood of cellulite, and strengthen the body’s immunity and defenses.
If you are a supporter of a healthy diet, chia seeds must be present in your diet.
Not so long ago, chia seeds were presented to Ukrainian consumers, who immediately noted their unsurpassed properties. They are an ideal source of energy for people, and with regular use, they will be charged with vivacity and cheer. Seeds of chia have a unique ability to dull even a strong sense of hunger, so they are simply irreplaceable for people who are constantly fighting with extra pounds.
There are five main reasons to start using chia seeds daily:
1. For people with excess weight (obesity of any degree) chia seeds will be an invaluable help in losing weight. Lost pounds will go away forever and after the termination of the diet will not return again. The use of seeds for weight loss is recommended by many nutritionists.
The action of chia seeds in this case is as follows:
2. Being excellent antioxidants, chia seeds maximally remove toxins from the body. Regular use of chia seeds for preventive purposes (for cleansing the body) will allow the normal functioning of many internal organs and body systems. In the winter season, chia seeds act as a source of minerals and vitamins, helping people feel cheerful and look much younger than their years.
3. Chia seeds are a unique natural remedy for the treatment of hypertension. The use of chia seeds can not only reduce, but also normalize blood pressure. They are also actively used by people who have diseases of the endocrine system, in particular, diabetes mellitus. Due to the regular intake of chia seeds, diabetics significantly reduce blood sugar levels. It is also worth noting that a 3-month course of eating such seeds positively affects the composition of the blood, acting as a natural diluent. This was confirmed by Japanese scientists who conducted numerous studies of chia seeds.
4. Chia seeds are a natural source of calcium, which is necessary for people for normal operation of the musculoskeletal system and for increasing the strength of their bones. Comparing the seeds of chia with other products containing calcium, it is worth noting their clear leadership. Their outstanding properties are invaluable for the work of the brain, which must regularly receive the necessary amount of nutrients and nutrients. It is also worth noting that the seeds of chia contain a large amount of potassium, which is necessary for normal operation of the vascular system and heart.
5. Chia seeds contain OMEGA-6 and OMEGA-3 acids, which are useful for the human body. These acids should be present daily in the diet of each person, as they help the heart to work fully and reduce the level of harmful cholesterol, preventing it from settling on the walls of blood vessels. Chia seeds are recommended to be taken regularly by a patient with arthritis, as they help to significantly reduce the pain caused by this ailment.
Chia seeds are very popular not only in Ukraine, but also in other countries of the world.
Useful properties of chia seeds:
Useful properties of chia seeds are determined by their unique composition and set of useful chemical elements:
Given the regular use of chia seeds, you can achieve the following results:
Today, scientists are actively researching these seeds, as a result of which there is hope to find an effective cure for diabetes. All the beneficial properties of chia seeds are due to their unique composition, so it is simply impossible to argue with their value.
Composition of chia seeds
Chia seeds contain about 40% oil, about 20% protein and zero amount of cholesterol.
Chia seeds consist of a significant amount of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, including a wide range of vitally important minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc …
The most important property of chia seeds is a high content of essential fatty acid – alpha-linoleic acid (OMEGA-3) in them more than in fish or other cereals and seeds.
Another interesting property of chia seeds is the high content of dietary fiber. They contain about 38% carbohydrates; (30% insoluble fiber, 3% soluble fiber, amino acid). High fiber content and its ability to absorb liquid (10-12 times its own weight) promotes healthy digestive system.
This exotic product is really unique in its kind natural antibiotic.
Chemical composition of chia seeds (per 100 g)
Essential amino acids
Replaceable amino acids
Fats – 30.75 grams
Saturated Fat – 3.18 g
Monounsaturated fats – 2.12 g
Polyunsaturated fats – 23.34 grams
Carbohydrates – 42.1 g
Macro and microelements:
Chia seeds are a natural high-nutrition product that contains proteins, fats, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as a significant amount of antioxidants. Especially chia seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids (OMEGA-3).
The composition of chia seeds is indeed impressive and that is why chia seeds can (and should!) become the best friend of all those who lose weight!
Unique strong hydrophilic properties, (ability to bind water and at the same time increase in size several times), low glycemic index and high content of fiber, help to quickly eat and long to be full, and in addition, “absorb” excess fats and sugar. In addition, soaked chia seeds are able to moisturize the food lump and facilitate the passage of all food through the gastrointestinal tract, help regulate the body’s balance of salt, as well as contribute to the most effective absorption of nutrients by the intestine.
Chia seeds allow you to increase energy and endurance, which is great for all who play sports. Due to the high protein content, they will also help your body to regenerate muscles after training.
Chia seeds are practically an ideal source of vegetable protein (about 20%) not only for athletes, but also for vegetarians and vegans, because they contain all essential amino acids and at the same time does not have gluten. For comparison, rice and barley contain 9% protein, wheat and corn 14%, oats and amaranth – 15%.
From vegetable products in terms of content and OMEGA-6, chia seeds only precede flax seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which catalyze cellular respiration and energy supply to cells, mucous membranes and nerves, are important for the heart and lower cholesterol levels, help to reduce pain even with arthritis.
Chia seeds help to lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. According to a study of the state of diabetics in Toronto, Canada, after only 3 months of daily use of chia seeds, the blood of the examinees became less viscous and prone to blood clots, and the participants’ blood pressure significantly decreased. A lowering of the level of cholesterol in the blood leads to a decrease in atherosclerotic plaques in the vessels, normalization of pressure (especially in hypertensive patients), a reduction in the risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases.
Chia seeds are an excellent supplier of calcium, necessary for the normal development and functioning of the musculoskeletal system in children, athletes, to prevent and reduce osteoporosis, especially in women during menopause. Studies have shown that chia seeds contain 5 times more calcium than milk. Calcium is fully absorbed by the body due to the presence in seeds, which acts as a catalyst for absorption and assimilation of this important mineral.
Chia seeds are the source of other macro- and microelements: magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and iron, which are important components for the formation of many enzymes, hormones and the work of the endocrine system.
How to consume the chia correctly?
It is best in raw form, along with fruits and berries, adding to salads, soups, second courses or cocktails. You can take it in its pure form, stirring in a glass of water, or add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to various cereals, yoghurt, muesli, juice, dough, oat flakes, salad, sandwiches, cheese, butter, fruit cocktails, soups.
It can be soaked before use in water or another liquid, for about 10 minutes (and can be overnight) in order to use their hydration properties. Chia seeds take a jelly-like structure.
Pudding with chia seeds: mix milk, a little honey or sweet juice and chia seeds. Or: mix a third of a cup of chia seeds with 1 cup (250 ml) of almond milk, 2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) of sugar and 0.5 tbsp. vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with dried fruits or nuts before serving.
Jelly: add chia seeds to the wiped fruit. More chia seeds will create hard jelly, while less will create soft jelly.
Jam: mix about 1.5 cups (375 ml) of ground fruits and 0.5 cup (125 ml) of chia seeds to create a tight jam. If desired, add a sweetener.
Benefits of chia seeds
First of all, chia seeds act as effective natural antibiotics that do not damage the liver, unlike chemicals based on chemicals. In addition, they accelerate the processes of wound healing, strengthen the immune system, prevent colds and flu during the period of infectious diseases, and also fight infections that occur in the gastrointestinal tract.
Thanks to the rich composition of the most diverse substances, the use of chia seeds for human health is quite weighty:
CHIA SEEDS IN COMBATING DISEASES
With its low caloric content, compared to other seeds, chia seeds can be the optimal dietary product, which, when properly used, can solve a variety of health problems:
Ability to lower cholesterol. The ability to block the absorption of cholesterol into the blood, imparts chia seeds with preventive properties against diseases of the cardiovascular system. The presence of a large amount of insoluble dietary fiber in the seeds prevents cholesterol from being absorbed from the intestine, regulating its content in the blood. This, in turn, positively affects the health of blood vessels.
Improve digestion. It is useful to use chia seeds for people with digestive tract problems. Chia seeds can absorb a huge amount of water, which is 12 times their own weight. If you pour chia seeds with water for half an hour, then a soft gel-like mass is formed, which can be used to adjust many digestive processes.
Diabetes. Chia seeds, swelling in the stomach, form mucus, which becomes a natural barrier between enzymes and carbohydrates that have been eaten. This leads to the fact that carbohydrates are more slowly broken down to glucose, which in turn prevents a sharp increase in its level in the blood.
Constipation. People who suffer from this disease can safely use chia seeds to get rid of stagnant slag. Insoluble dietary fibers in the seeds of chia contribute to the softening of stool. Increasing in volume, due to hydrophilicity of cellulose, fecal masses stimulate intestinal peristalsis, which leads to its effective work.
Important! If you ignore the fact that chia seeds help with constipation only with sufficient water intake, eating chia seeds can lead to the opposite effect. Not having received enough moisture, the seeds will begin to absorb it from the intestine itself, which will only exacerbate the problem. It is recommended to eat chia seeds only in a soaked form. It is thanks to the presence of water, they swell, forming a gel of a gentle consistency, which, enveloping the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, is able to relieve the pain symptoms caused by the presence of an ulcer.
Nine main advantages of chia seeds
Studies have shown that regular intake of chia seeds, rich in many key nutrients, can significantly improve your health. Here are some of the best qualities of chia seeds:
1. Anti-aging effect for the skin
Recently, researchers from Mexico found that the antioxidant concentration of chia seeds is almost twice as high as previously thought. Thanks to the activity of these antioxidants, the ability to stop free radicals reaches 70%. In fact, this proves that chia seeds are one of the richest sources of natural antioxidants. Antioxidants accelerate the process of skin regeneration and prevent further damage to the skin. Eating chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation caused by damage from free radicals.
2. Health of the digestive system
Chia is the richest source of cellulose. Dietary fiber plays an important role in maintaining the insulin balance in the body. Chia seeds, as well as flax seeds, can act as a natural balancer of blood sugar level due to the high content of cellulose and polyunsaturated fats. Fiber in chia seeds ensures regular bowel function and a healthy stool. Dietary fibers in chia seeds help to quickly achieve a sense of satiety when eating, as the fiber absorbs a large amount of water and swells swiftly. This explains the fact that, according to the results of clinical studies, the ingestion of chia seeds in seeds nourishes hunger and suppresses appetite. And it helps in the fight against overweight.
In addition, getting into the stomach, chia seeds form a gel-like substance. This process of gelling in the stomach occurs due to soluble fibers. In this case, chia seeds work as a prebiotic, which stimulates the growth of probiotics in the intestine.
3. Heart support in a healthy state
The ability of chia seeds to relieve inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure makes them extremely useful for heart health. In addition, chia seeds, regularly fed with food, reversing oxidative processes, can slow the development of atherosclerosis.
Studies on animals and humans have shown the probable efficacy of chia seeds for allergies, angina, for improving athletic performance, in fighting cancer, coronary heart disease, in infarction, hormonal and endocrine disorders, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, stroke, vasodilation. Some data also indicate possible anticoagulant, antioxidant and antiviral effects.
Chia seeds also have a high content of linoleic and other fatty acids that help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Despite its tiny size, chia seeds are much richer in OMEGA-3 than salmon. Omega-3 protects the heart, reducing blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
4. Treatment of diabetes
Because chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fibers, scientists from the University of Litoral in Argentina conducted a study to determine how much chia seeds can help prevent metabolic disorders such as dyslipidemia (excessive fat in the blood) and insulin resistance – the two main factors In the development of diabetes. The study was published in the British journal Nutrition.
Researchers also found that adding chia seeds to the diet reduces the amount of internal fat tissue, eliminates the “beer belly”, having a beneficial effect on the metabolic processes in the body.
5. Accelerating Metabolism and Increasing Energy
A recent study published in the American Journal of Strength and Conditioning suggests that consumption of chia seeds increases the effectiveness of an hour and a half exercise without the use of sugar.
Adding chia to the daily ration contributes to a huge increase in vital energy, and also helps to burn fat in the abdomen and reduces the amount of internal fat tissue that affects metabolism.
6. Strengthening the bones
A total of 100 g of chia seeds contains 63% of the recommended daily calcium intake.
Calcium is the foundation of bone health and helps maintain bone mass and bone strength. Chia seeds also contain boron, which is another important nutrient necessary for the normal functioning of bones.
Boron helps to assimilate calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus – the elements necessary for healthy growth of bones and muscle tissue.
7. Muscle building and weight loss (weight loss)
Chia seeds occupy a worthy place among the main sources of vegetable protein. This is another reason why these super-seeds are good for those who want to pump muscle, burn excess fat and balance blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds possess powerful antioxidant properties, which helps in restoring the strength after physical training. They are rich in basic minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and nicotinic acid.
One of the features that makes chia seeds unique is the ability to absorb moisture 12 times its own weight. Thanks to this, chia seeds can significantly prolong hydration and improve nutrient uptake of electrolytes. It also slows the digestion of food, which in turn increases the satiety time and reduces the craving for sugar.
Since the seeds of chia have a lot of zinc, they increase the production of leptin by the body. Leptin is the key hormone regulating appetite, body energy consumption and energy level in general. It also affects the endurance of the body, which makes chia seeds an excellent source of food for those who watch the figure.
8. Suppression of breast and cervical cancer
Chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (OMEGA-3). In 2013, the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry published an article stating that OMEGA-3 suppresses the growth of cancer cells, both in the chest and in the cervix. Some cancer cells are not only suppressed, but also die, without harming healthy cells. Studies on other forms of cancer have yet to be carried out, but right now this is great news for those women who are struggling with these increasingly prevalent types of cancer.
9. Teeth Health
Because of the abundant reserves of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A and zinc in chia seeds, it is not surprising that they are one of the main means for dental health. Calcium is the building block of teeth, so it is so necessary for their health.
Zinc prevents the formation of tartar, as well as has an antibacterial effect that suppresses microbes that cause bad breath. Vitamin A and phosphorus are also important for strong teeth and healthy oral cavity.
USE OF CHIA SEEDS FOR SLIMMING
In addition to their high nutritional qualities, chia seeds possess a huge number of useful properties and perform many functions:
This helps to lose weight, without hunger and with good health. From the statement of the Mexicans, a tablespoon of chia seeds can support the body 24 hours a day.
Chia seeds perform their functions in three ways:
Diet for weight loss – chia seeds with juices:
Birch sap (birch bark) is today one of the favorite beverages of village residents. It is extracted from the birch in spring, from the first thaws to the opening of the leaves. Birch sap is one of the best means for enhancing metabolism. It should be consumed 1 glass per day with some chia seeds added for 25-30 days.
Contraindications: allergy to birch pollen.
Cabbage juice has a cleansing effect on the body, inhibits the conversion of carbohydrates into fats and normalizes metabolism. You need to consume it for the first time on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before meals, and several times during the day in between meals. During the day should drink 2-3 glasses. Cabbage juice can be mixed with lemon, carrot, beet juice, add honey at the rate of 1 teaspoon per glass. In the cabbage juice you need to put some chia.
Contraindications: inflammation of the kidneys or intestines, pancreas diseases.
Cucumber juice stimulates metabolism. Interestingly, the juice of bitter cucumbers is considered the most healing. A good addition to it will serve carrot or beet juice. You can add there some chia seeds. It is enough to take 100 ml of this juice at a time, and a day – 0.5 liters. Do not season with salt, add a small amount of chopped garlic, dill, parsley, celery, cilantro, basil or other greens.
Contraindications are with gastritis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer.
Tomato juice prepares the stomach and intestines to digest food and at the same time, being low-calorie, causes a feeling of saturation, especially with the swollen chia seeds. Drink 100-150 ml of it 20-30 minutes before eating. Season with a small amount of chopped garlic, dill, parsley, celery, cilantro, basil or other greens.
Contraindications: any poisoning, peptic ulcer, gastritis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis and enterocolitis.
Pumpkin juice has a cleansing effect and has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, promotes bile secretion, improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. It is very useful for people with diabetes and obesity. Mixing with juices of apples, carrots and other fruits and vegetables suitable to taste, as well as chia is allowed. Drink not from time to time, but by a course of 15-20 days.
How to take chia seeds for weight loss
A distinctive feature of these grains is high hydrophilicity. They are able to absorb water in an amount exceeding 12 times of their volume. Even a small amount of seeds, swelling in the stomach, maintains a sense of satiety for a long time.
Nutritionists recommend this product for weight loss:
Over time, the desire for constant snacking becomes less pronounced, the metabolic processes in the body are normalized. Weight reduction occurs gently. The body is not stressed.
Recipes for weight loss
2 tablespoons chia seeds pour with a glass of any unsweetened juice for 15 minutes. A jelly-like dessert is eaten in the morning instead of breakfast. You can replace dinner with it. You can cook it in advance, only to store the dish you need in the cold up to 12 hours.
Smoothies with chia seeds.
Grind in a blender 100 g of fruit, 1/4 cup oat flakes and 2 teaspoons chia seeds. Add 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup low-fat yogurt and orange juice. Mix everything, you can add mint, cinnamon and honey. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator for 4 hours. The portion is divided into 2 meals (breakfast and dinner).
If the chia seeds are regularly eaten, certain changes begin to occur in the body of the person who losing weight:
With the addition of chia seeds to the daily diet, it will be possible without fatiguing and dangerous diets, completely safe for one’s own health, to lose up to five kilograms of excess weight in just one month. To date, laboratory studies have been held, thanks to which it was possible to establish that, on average, one month leaves about 5% of the initial weight. Thanks to the consumption of these seeds, it will be possible to achieve not only an excellent weight loss effect, but also an effective health course for the whole organism. At the same time, all the aging processes are significantly slowed down, there are forces and a charge of energy, there is a wonderful rejuvenating effect.
It is not at all surprising that it is the chia seeds that act as an excellent helper in the fight against excess weight, because they contribute to a more accelerated process of fat burning. In the homeland of chia, these seeds are roasted and used to produce flour, which is added to a variety of dietary dishes. Such food is not only a guarantee of stable weight, but also ensures the preservation of vital energy.
The composition of chia seeds includes unique soluble fibers, which are soluble in the liquid and can increase several times and form a gel. It is this gel that will ensure the appearance of a characteristic barrier of mucus on the walls of the stomach. As a result, the process of absorption of carbohydrates is significantly slowed down. Consequently, the less carbohydrates enter the human body, the more calories will be consumed.
Seeds of chia help to get rid of such dangerous to human health fat, like visceral fat.
It is the seeds of chia that can effectively neutralize the emerging even the strongest sense of hunger, because they include a fairly large amount of fiber.
As soon as the fiber comes into contact with the liquid, it starts swelling immediately, as a result of which the part of the stomach is filled, consequently, the appetite also decreases, the sense of hunger disappears.
Chia seeds are simply ideal for those people who are not able to endure even a slight feeling of hunger and they can be used as a safe and healthy snack.
To date, there are no strict instructions for eating seed chia for weight loss. Most often they are taken in pure one or two tablespoons a day (this is the amount recommended by dieticians) and washed down with plain water. If desired, a small number of seeds can be added to almost any dish, most importantly, that they are present in the daily diet.
Among the merits of chia seeds can be named the fact that they have a neutral taste, but at the same time, with very sensitive taste reflexes, you can notice a slight nutty taste.
it is obligatory, that Chia seeds must be washed down with plain water, so that an unpleasant feeling of discomfort in the stomach can be avoided. In addition, it is after contact with the liquid that the process of swelling of the fibers begins, and they acquire a jelly-like consistency, so that the feeling of hunger passes.
Chia seeds are widely used by vegetarians, because only one tablespoon of chia seeds can replace one egg. Therefore, they are often added to cooked meals.
If you are used to have breakfast with muesli in the mornings, you can add only one teaspoon or a small pinch of chia seeds to the muesli and fill it with milk, or add chia seeds to any porridge, salad and get the right amount of valuable substances and minerals necessary for the human body.
If desired, you can prepare a useful and tasty energy cocktail. In this case, you need to take 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, mix everything and divide into two portions.
Despite the fact that the chia seeds have a positive effect on the human body, they also have certain contraindications, which should be read before they are used.
Chia seeds are contraindicated for individuals with the following diseases: serious gastrointestinal disturbances; oncological diseases; increased level of triglycerides.
The use of chia seeds in pregnancy and lactation is not recommended for the reason that these grains have not yet fully studied their effects on fetal development.
USE OF CHIA SEEDS IN COSMETOLOGY
Modern cosmetology has also found an active use to chia seeds, as everyone knows their unique abilities: to prevent aging and prolong youth. This is provided by various acids (caffeine and chlorogenic) and antioxidants present in the seeds: flavonol, quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin.
Recipes of masks with chia seeds
Moisturizing face mask
You need 250 ml of yogurt and 2 egg whites. After mixing the components into a mass, add 15 ml of chia seed oil. The mask should be applied to the prepared skin, it should be left for 10 minutes, then gently washed off with cool water. The skin after the procedure becomes smooth and radiant.
Scrub for a gentle, irritable skin.
This gentle remedy carefully cleans the epidermis. To make it, you need 2 tablespoons. chia seeds, 125 ml of coconut oil and 1 tbsp lemon juice. It is most convenient to distribute the scrub on massage lines, after moistening the skin with warm water. After applying the mass, leave it for a couple of minutes to form a gel. Remove it better than a washcloth or cotton swab soaked in water, the face should be rinsed with water.
Mask for the skin of the eyelids
Seeds of chia provide nutrition and care for the skin around the eyes. The mask is made from seed oil in its pure form. This curative organic product is applied before bed, neatly distributing the oil around the eyes. This mask eliminates small wrinkles, removes puffiness.
Lifting mask for face skin
The mask of chia seeds has a gel-like consistency. To make it, you first need to soak the seeds – 2 tablespoons. seeds for 3 tablespoons water. The mixture should stand 10-15 minutes before swelling. Add 1 teaspoon to the mass of honey. After thorough mixing, the gel is applied to the face with hands or a brush and allowed to stand for 10 minutes, after which it is washed off with water. Distribute the mask from the chin to the forehead.
Moisturizing hair with gel
A gel made from chia seeds and lemon juice can fill your hair with moisture and protect your hair from dry air. Add 1/3 cup (80 ml) of chia seeds to the closable container and pour in 2 cups (500 ml) of water. Whisk everything well and leave for 5-10 minutes. Once again, beat the mixture and put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or until it turns into a gel. Add to the gel and mix 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of lemon juice. Apply the gel on your hair and leave for 10 minutes, rinse.
Mask of chia seeds for face cleaning
Chia has many benefits for the whole body, as well as for treating facial skin from acne and irritations. This seed contains an essential oil that softens the irritation of the face, and also has a tightening effect for the skin. Inflammation of the skin decreases due to the highest concentration of OMEGA-3 fatty acids.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of chia seeds soak with a small amount of water (2 or 3 tablespoons water) for 10-15 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of chia seed oil or 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix all.
Application: Degrease face and apply mask. It has a gel-like consistency. It can be applied with a brush or hands. The mask is superimposed from the chin.
Exfoliator from chia seeds for skin (a remedy for the removal of dead cells and badly exfoliating skin particles):
Mix 1/2 cup (125 ml) of coconut or other cosmetic oil, one tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of chia seeds. Gently moisten your face with warm water. Apply exfoliating scrub to the skin. Leave it for 2 minutes, during this time the scrub is converted to gel. Remove the scrub using a sponge, rinse your face with cool water. You can apply not more than 2 times a week.
Nourishing mask for skin
Mix 2 egg whites, 1 cup (250 ml) of regular yogurt and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of chia seed oil. Apply this mixture to your skin and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. Egg whites make your skin supple, and yogurt makes it smooth. Chia seed oil moisturizes your skin.
Contraindications to the use of chia seeds for cosmetic purposes may be allergic reactions to the plant. The main thing to remember is that ecologically pure chia seeds are a real well of health. With skillful use, chia seeds will bring you longevity and beauty.