Chia Seeds: The Little Superfood That Could

Chia SeedsWhen Aztec warriors wanted to boost their energy and improve their endurance, they turned to chia seeds. It’s no wonder. Filled with an awesome array of nutrients, these ancient seeds have found their place among the modern superfoods touted by health experts and dieticians the world over. What’s the big deal? Why do the world’s best energy bars rely on these little nutritional powerhouses to feed today’s fitness warriors?

The Wonder Seeds

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Take chia seeds. They’re packed full of essential nutrients such as:

  • Fiber: A one-ounce or 28-gram serving of chia seeds packs 11 grams of fiber. That’s a whopping 42 percent of the recommended daily value—enough to keep your digestive system happy on the roughest days.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Touted for their heart-friendly properties, omega-3 fatty acids are important components of any healthy diet, and chia seeds contain more than any other plant-based food, including flaxseeds.1 Actually, the health benefits of omega-3 extend far beyond the heart—some studies suggest they can alleviate the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and, perhaps, also mitigate the symptoms of depression. Next time you want to give your body a helping hand, simply grab a fitness bar sprinkled with chia seeds.
  • High-Quality Protein: Featuring four grams of protein, chia seeds are a wholesome way to give your muscles the energy and restoration they need. Even better, the protein you’ll find in chia seeds is the high-quality variety, with all the amino acids your body needs to function at its optimal level.2
  • Essential Minerals and Antioxidants: Chia seeds are a great source of calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (niacin), zinc, and potassium. As if that laundry list weren’t enough, they also contain an array of antioxidants that could help your body repair itself and fight off disease.

Summing It Up

What does it all mean? Simple: Chia seeds are a great way to raise your energy levels, improve your digestive health, and reduce inflammation, all while lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. All told, chia seeds have the potential to improve your:

  • Heart health
  • Digestive health
  • Blood sugar levels3
  • Blood pressure4
  • Athletic performance

Given the potential benefits, diet- and fitness-conscious people should consider incorporating these wonder seeds into their daily diet. Although the seeds taste rather bland on their own, they’re great additions to any number of dishes (think oatmeal, cereal, or even pudding). If you prefer a more on-the-go option, get a meal replacement bar that already includes chia seeds—less mess, less time, more seeds.

Get Your Chia Seeds On the Go!

Nutrition Facts

Santa Barbara Bar is dedicated to producing the best nutrition bars on the market. We give busy, active people the energy they need to kick it up a notch and the nutrition they need to stay in tip-top shape. How do we do it? We fill our bars with great-tasting, nutrient-rich ingredients like chia seeds—ingredients that feed your body, mind, and soul. Learn more about our history and nutritional philosophy at Santa Barbara Bar.

Sources

  1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926669010003274
  2. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf3034978
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24120122
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25403867