By Magda Wilk
Cultivated and consumed by the Aztecs and Mayans for millennia, chia has had a recent renaissance because of its numerous nutritional virtues. Naturally gluten-free chia is rich in omega-3, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients essential for optimal health.
♦ It has 3 x more Iron than spinach
♦ 3-5 x more calcium than milk
♦ 8 x more omega 3s than salmon
♦ 15 x more antioxidants than blueberries
♦ Chia helps control appetite and blood sugar
♦ Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
♦ Controls sugar cravings and aids weight loss
♦ Improves memory, mood and overall energy
♦ Improves health of skin, nails and hair
♦ Loaded with minerals and is a great detoxifier
Personally, I like to add chia to my protein shakes or morning oats and breakfast cereals.
I use 1 to 2 tablespoons per day! Give it a try.
Magda Wilk is an International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) pro-figure athlete, Natural Universe title winner (2006, 2007), and instructor at the Clarity Centre in Oakville, Ontario. She is the founder, with her husband, of Wilk Fitness Vacations.