Clearwater, Fla. – An ancient source of nutrition once used by Aztec warriors for energy before engaging in battle, chia seeds are rapidly gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers. In fact, many health industry professionals have coined 2013 as “The Year of the Chia” because the seed is seemingly everywhere, much like kale and flaxseeds in previous years. Trim Nutrition’s new Fuel protein bar has a chocolate coating that surrounds a moist center filled with chia and peanut butter.
Many Americans – at least those who are 40 and older – think of the humorous “chia pet” gift in which you can grow hair on pottery that is shaped like an animal. The nutrient punch that chia seeds contain; however, is no joke.
Originally grown in Central and South America, these black or white seeds have been a staple in the natives’ diet for centuries. After studying the multitude of benefits that chia seeds provide, Trim Nutrition decided to make them a core ingredient in its Trim Fuel Bars.
Bolstered by chia, the Trim Fuel bar has just 180 calories, 9 grams of impact carbs, 10 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and high amounts of Omega Fatty Acids.
Here are nine ways that chia seeds can enhance your overall health:
1. Chia Seeds Are Packed With Nutrients
Chia seeds are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They contain five times more calcium than milk, two times more potassium than bananas, three times more iron than spinach and three times more antioxidants than blueberries.
Chia seeds are also the richest plant-based source of essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. In just two tablespoons, chia seeds provide 10 grams - or one-third - the daily recommended intake of fiber. Two tablespoons of chia seeds have 18 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium, 35 percent phosphorus, 24 percent magnesium, and 50 percent manganese.
2. They Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Chia seeds are basically tasteless, which makes is easy to incorporate them into your diet. Eat them raw, create a gel or substitute them when baking. Add chia seeds to your everyday recipes and double the nutritional value of a food.
Use chia seeds instead of eggs to make your next recipe a low-cholesterol option. Simply place one tablespoon of chia seeds in three tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.
Because of all the amazing antioxidants, chia seeds have an incredible shelf life. They can last for two years without refrigeration.
3. Chia Seeds Improve Heart Health
These little super foods are packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help support the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, and reproductive systems.
A study at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto showed participants who regularly ate chia seeds had significantly lower blood pressure. Also, their blood was thinner and less prone to clotting. This incredible transformation took place just three months after adding chia to their diet.
4. Diabetics and Gluten-Free Patients Love Chia
Chia seeds are gluten free, so they can greatly enhance the limited diet of gluten-free patients and fill nutritional gaps.
In addition, chia seeds help stabilize blood sugar levels. By slowing down the rate at which complex carbohydrates are digested and assimilated into the body, the soluble fiber helps to stabilize glucose levels. They also reduce insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin.
5. Athletes love the Super food
The word chia comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” and it is said a single tablespoon of chia seeds can sustain a person for 24 hours. It’s no surprise modern day athletes love the seeds.
Chia seeds absorb nine times their volume in water. This means an athlete will receive an abundance of energy, prolonged hydration and enhanced retention of electrolytes. Many people say chia seeds help them perform at optimal levels for longer periods of time.
6. Chia Seeds Reduce Inflammation
Many arthritis patients turn to chia seeds for a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory tool. The high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids helps lubricate the joints, keeping them comfortable.
7. Weight Loss and Weight Management are Easier with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds help people shed unwanted pounds by boosting the metabolism, promoting the development of lean muscle mass and making you feel full longer, which helps reduce food cravings between meals.
8. They Are Better Than Expensive Anti-Aging Creams
Chia seeds are chock full of antioxidants. They have more than nearly any other food, including blueberries. These antioxidants are a powerful tool against the free radicals that threaten the youthful and radiant appearance of our skin.
9. Chia Seeds Give Your Brain a Boost
Fatty acids make our cell membranes more flexible and efficient. This means that nutrients are more readily available and nerve transmissions happen more efficiently. Chia seeds, and the fatty acids they contain, help improve brain function, memory and concentration.
Founded by Brent Agin MD – who is the co-author of Healthy Aging for Dummies (Wiley 2008) and Superfoods for Dummies (Wiley May 2009) – Trim Nutrition has an array of nutritional products that are formulated by the company’s staff of physicians, clinical pharmacists, registered nurses, and research and development specialists at the headquarters in Clearwater. Trim’s product line includes vitamins, supplements, protein shakes and bars and vitamins among other offerings. Keeping checking back as new products are introduced regularly.
For more information, visit www.trimnutrition.com.