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The Benefits Of A Sprinkle Of Chia Seeds

SNL enthusiasts may recall the ‘Chia Head” sketch, featuring Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, and David Spade as balding men who have “tried everything” and failed miserably in their futile attempts to regrow hair. The commercial spoof shows the actors throwing ineffective hair products in the garbage only to be pleasantly surprised by the discovery of “Chia Head.” This product, much like the “Chia Pet” novelty, requires the men to rub the gloppy formula on their heads, only to wake up the next morning having sprouted plantlike follicles in varying afro-like shapes – the most hilarious of which is probably Chris Rock’s Marge Simpson-inspired beehive-like do.

Funny as the sketch was, it is perhaps more amusing to realize that hair growth is one of the many health benefits of chia seeds. If only the SNL alum had known; a little sprinkle of chia really could’ve gone a long way.

Chia seeds

High in Nutrients, Low In Calories
It’s no accident that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. These tiny black seeds, related to the mint, contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3s, as well as a decent percentage of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous. Chia seeds are a gluten-free, GMO-free, whole grain food, and one ounce contains a low 137 calories and one gram of carbohydrate.

Antioxidant Rich
The antioxidants in chia seeds prevent the production of free radicals that can cause damage to cell molecules and contribute to cancer and aging.

Fiber Rich
Although chia seeds have 12 grams of carbs per ounce, 11 of those are fiber, which means that these 11 grams are not digested by the body, do not raise blood sugar, and don’t require insulin for disposal. The high-fiber content means that the seeds can absorb as much as 10 to 12 times their weight in water, thereby increasing fullness, slowing food absorption, and decreasing feelings of hunger. Chia seeds are one of the best fiber sources in the world, helping to feed good bacteria in the intestine and promoting proper digestion.

High In Protein
Chia seeds are about 14% protein by weight and contain a good balance of amino acids, which assists in helping our body to process the proteins in them. High protein can reduce appetite and is shown to lower food cravings by 60% and the need for nighttime snacking by 50%.

Can Improve Athletic Performance
A recent study was conducted to find out if there was truth to the legend that Mayans and Aztecs used chia seeds as high-performance fuel. Six participants were given carb-loaded Gatorade or a mix of Gatorade and chia seeds. After a workout involving an hour on the treadmill followed by a 10-kilometer run, it was discovered that both groups performed equally well, suggesting that the chia seeds were just as effective as Gatorade in fueling athletic performance.

Incorporating Chia Seeds In Your Diet
Chia seed can be eaten raw or added to puddings, porridges, and baked goods. They can be sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, vegetables, and rice and can even be used as egg substitutes because of their ability to absorb water and fat. Recommended dosage is 20 grams, or about 1.5 tablespoons, twice daily.

Do you have any chia-seed recommendations for us? We’d love to hear from you!

Adding Turmeric to Your Diet

Turmeric is a spice that has a rich history. It has been used in India for centuries and has gained fame as a medicinal herb. Science is just now beginning to catch up with what locals have been claiming for years. Turmeric does indeed have some impressive medicinal properties that just about anyone can benefit from. A short list of ailments that turmeric treats include jaundice, toothaches, bloody urine, menstrual difficulties and flatulence. But what the spice is best known for is its anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric powder

What Makes Turmeric the Anti-Inflammatory Spice?
There are many compounds found in turmeric that give it medicinal properties but the most important is certainly curcumin. It’s important to know that most scientific studies surrounding this compound are conducted using pure curcumin and most samples of turmeric only contain 3% curcumin. For this reason, it is always suggested to deeply research any turmeric supplier to make sure that it has the highest level of curcumin possible. It is also recommended to take black pepper with any dosage of turmeric as it will help the body absorb the curcumin.

How Does Curcumin Work?
In some studies, the strength and effectiveness of curcumin has been proven to be comparable with certain anti-inflammatory drugs. This is excellent news for those who are trying to deal with their health issues in a more natural manner.

Before really understanding the effects of curcumin found in turmeric, it’s important to understand that inflammation is actually a good thing. When areas of the body become inflamed, it allows the body to fight bacteria and infection and also helps to set up the healing process. If the body wasn’t able to become inflamed, bacteria would easily attack and destroy it.

So why does anyone need anti-inflammatory medication? While initially beneficial, long-term inflammation can cause serious health issues. Most health professionals believe that long-term inflammation plays a serious role in the development of certain types of cancers, heart disease and a long list of other degenerative conditions.

The addition of turmeric and the curcumin that it contains can help to keep dangerous inflammation at bay. Curcumin works by blocking a specific molecule that is linked to excessive inflammation. In other words, curcumin fights inflammation where it starts and prevents it from getting out of control in the first place.


What Else Can Turmeric Do?
Besides its magnificent anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent the onset of serious diseases, turmeric and its compound curcumin can also work as a potent antioxidant, which can neutralize excess free radicals that can have a negative effect on DNA.

Turmeric can also help to increase healthy levels of certain brain cells, which could be a preventative measure against Alzheimer’s disease and other common brain disorders. Turmeric can also help to improve memory and even make it easier to learn and retain new information.

Overall, turmeric is not just a flavorful spice to add to dinner dishes. It can be used to improve daily health and even extend the average lifespan by preventing the onset of serious diseases, mainly thanks to its main component curcumin.