Nutiva Organic Chia Seed
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Chia seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium. The chia seed has a number of powerful antioxidants, which are molecules that inhibit the damaging oxidative process on cells, including caffeic and chlorogenic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol. All of the antioxidants in chia seeds have been linked to reducing the signs of aging and decreasing the risk of certain diseases including several types of cancer.
The chia seed is also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids—containing more Omega-3 than flax seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in healthy cholesterol levels, heart health, brain function, healthy hair and skin, and have been linked to boosting mood and treating certain types of depression.
Organic Milled Chia Seed
Nutiva grinds fresh whole chia seeds for your convenience. Enjoy these milled chia seeds in yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, or smoothies.
Applications: Antifatigue, antihyperglycaemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardiotonic, demulcent, laxative, nervine, neuromuscular stimulant, nutritive, tonic, and vulnerary.
Hydrophilic colloidal properties aid the digestion of any foods, and provide cellular hydration. Contains much high-quality natural oil: 3-10 times that of most grains and twice the protein.
Improves endurance. Builds muscle and tissue. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), particularly good for protecting against heart and diseases of the circulatory system. Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Beneficial to skin, hair, and brain. Supplies nutrients that protect against free radicals which contribute to cancer, heart disease, and many age-related illnesses.
Its mucilaginous properties cleanse and soothe the colon. Used to treat bowel cancer, diverticulitis, colitis, chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. It is an appetite satisfier and useful for dieting. Calming, it has been reported to improve memory.
A tea of seed is used as a wash for removing foreign particles in the eye; and for treating inflammation, eyestrain and conjunctivitis. Simmer 1 tsp. chia seed in.5 c. water five minutes, cool, strain.. Seed soaked in water makes a thick, creamy drawing poultice.
Recipes: 1 tsp. seed to 1 c. of boiling water, steep 5-10 minutes: ingest 2-3 cups daily .
Soaking increases its enzymes. Its natural antioxidants cause it to keep well when refrigerated. Gel: 1/2 c. seeds to 2+ c. water. Stir, keep in cool place or refrigerate up to 10 hrs. The gel works well as an ingredient in salad dressings, dips, and spreads. Used as a fat(butter/oil) replacer in recipes of baked goods.
Chia for blood sugar: Slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
Chia can substitute flax seeds. Flavor is neutral.
How to use chia seeds
Soaking the chia seeds is the most common way to eat them. They can absorb a large amount of liquid in a rapid amount of time, between 10 -12 times their volume, in under 8 minutes.
The Basic Chia Seed Gel
To make a basic chia gel, simply add 1/3 cup of seeds (2oz) to 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture well and then leave it in your fridge, in a sealed jar. This will yield around 17oz of chia gel. You can begin to eat the gel almost immediately if you like. Just 9 minutes is enough time for the gel to be formed. Allowing the chia seeds to sit for even longer (a few hours) will allow even more of the nutrients to be accessible, so many people like to make up a batch like this and leave it in the fridge. It will stay good for about three weeks. Then you can just reach into the fridge and take out some of the ready-made gel whenever you need it. You might add it to smoothies, mix it with salad dressings, puddings or granola, or simply take it by the spoonful.
As mentioned above, chia will absorb anything, it doesn't have to soak in water. We like soaking it in things like apple juice for example. That way, the intense sweetness of the apple juice is also offset by the chia and it tastes yummy. We also often blend fruits; for example bananas and persimmons, then stir the chia into that mixture. Again, the longer the seeds are left to soak, the more their nutrients will be readily available to you, yet you could easily eat a meal like this 10 minutes or less after preparing it.
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