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Dark Chia Seeds

  • Certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan, Non-GMO, Raw
  • A high vegetarian source of Fiber, Calcium and Iron with 5 grams per serving
  • A vegetarian source of beneficial Omega-3 with 3 grams per serving
  • A delicious addition to smoothies and trail mixes
  • No added flavors, fillers, preservatives, additives, sweeteners, carriers, stabilizers, excipients, oils or coatings
  • Tax Free

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Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They are easy to digest when prepared properly, and are a very versatile ingredient that adds easily to recipes. Originally grown in Mexico, the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency! The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance.  They said just 1 spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours.  Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle. Not only that, but recent research has found that the chia seed benefits are even greater than we realized. Chia seed benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles and more. Now they have even been linked to healing diabetes.

Organic Traditions Dark Chia Seeds are Certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan, Non-GMO, Raw. Contain a high source of Fiber with 5 grams per serving, and a vegetarian source of beneficial Omega-3 with 3 grams per serving. A delicious addition to smoothies and trail mixes, no added flavors, fillers, preservatives, additives, sweeteners, carriers, stabilizers, excipients, oils or coatings. Being rich in so many key nutrients, research has uncovered that regularly eating chia seed can improve your health in numerous ways.

Health Benefits

Skin & Aging: Chia seeds have a high total natural phenolic (antioxidants) concentration and the antioxidant activity stops up to 70% of free radical activity. So,  chia seeds are one of nature’s riches antioxidants, which speed up the skin’s repair systems, and prevent further damage.

Digestive Health: Chia is super-high in fiber, providing nearly 11 grams per ounce. Fiber is essential for your body’s ability to balance insulin levels. Chia seeds are a natural blood sugar balancer due to it’s high fiber content and healthy fats. Being high in dietary fiber, chia helps promote bowel regularity and healthy stool. The rich fiber content in chia seeds also helps people feel more full quicker because it absorbs a considerable amount of water and immediately expands in the stomach when eaten. This may explain why clinical studies have proven that chia curbs hunger and suppresses appetite, which can also lead to weight loss. Also when consumed, chia seeds create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach.  This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in chia seeds and it can work as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics in the gut.

Heart Health: Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. Also, by reversing oxidative stress, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when they’re regularly consuming chia seeds. And Chia seeds are high in linoleic, a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.  For such a tiny seed, chia is quite high in healthy fats boasting more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3’s work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation.

Help Treat Diabetes: Because chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fiber,  chia seeds can help prevent metabolic disorders like dyslipidemia (excessive fat in the blood) and insulin resistance – which are two factors in the development of diabetes. The researchers discovered that eating chia seeds completely prevented the onset of dyslipidemia and insulin resistance, and the dietary addition of chia seeds also reduced visceral adipose tissue, a “belly fat” tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity.

Boost Your Energy & Metabolism: Chia seeds enhanced exercise performance for workouts that lasted 90 minutes the same way a sugar-laden sports drink would, but without all the sugar. By adding a serving of chia seeds a day you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well. Studies show that the addition of chia seeds to your diet also reduces visceral adipose tissue, a “belly fat” tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity.

Stronger Bones: Just one ounce of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium. Calcium is fundamental in bone health and helps maintain bone strength and mass. Chia also contains boron which is another essential nutrient for bone health. Boron helps metabolize calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus for healthy growth of bones and muscles.

Build Muscle & Lose Weight: Chia seeds also rank among the top plant based sources of protein. This is another reason this super seed is great to consume for those trying to put on lean muscle, burn fat, and balance blood sugar levels. Chia seeds pack a powerful antioxidant punch to help replace some of those nutrients lost when exercising. They’re high in essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and niacin. One of the characteristics that make chia so unique is that it can absorb up to 10 of its own weight in water.  Because of this, chia seeds can prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes.  This also slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller longer reducing sugar cravings. And because chia seeds are also high in zinc, they help your body increase leptin. Leptin is a key hormone that regulates your bodies appetite, how your body spends energy and regulates how your energy levels.

Fight Breast and Cervical Cancer: Chia seeds are rich in alpha lineic acid (or ALA) which is an Omega-3 fatty acid. Recently in 2013, the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry found that ALA limited the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers. They also found that it caused cell death of the cancer cells without harming the normal healthy cells.  While more research still needs to be done to find out the deeper implications of ALA on other types of cancer, this is a great discovery for women struggling with these increasingly common types of cancer.

Dental Health: With chia seeds being packed with calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A and zinc, it’s no wonder that they are a top food to help your teeth! Calcium is the building block of your teeth and necessary for tooth health. Zinc prevents tarter by keeping plaque from mineralizing onto your teeth and has an antibacterial effect that keeps bad breath germs away. Vitamin A and phosphorus are also important for strong teeth and a healthy mouth.

Ingredients

Certified Organic Whole Black Chia Seeds (Salvia hispanica).

Directions

  • Take up to 5 tablespoons of Chia per day
  • Be sure to drink adequate water
  • Chia’s neutral taste will nutritionally enhance all meals without altering the original flavor
  • Simply add Chia seeds to everything you eat to reduce the glycemic load of any recipe
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of Chia to smoothies, desserts, yogurt, cereal, berries, on top of salads and all savory dishes
  • Make puddings, sauces and dressings
  • Chia remains stable even when incorporated into soups, oatmeal and baked goods
  • Use as a flour substitute or as a natural thickening agent
  • Vegetarians can even use it as an egg replacement by creating a gel. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of Chia to 1 cup of cold water. A ½ cup of gel replaces roughly one egg
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of Organic Traditions Chia seeds to your favorite smoothie recipe to create a nourishing, antioxidant rich smoothie