Are chia seeds worth the hype?

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

bod­ies can­not make them in­ter­nally so we must get them from our diet. Chia seeds are also a good source of potas­sium and con­tain all of the essential amino acids, mak­ing them a com­plete source of pro­tein. This is crit­i­cal for veg­e­tar­i­ans or ve­gans who have to com­bine foods to sup­ply miss­ing amino acids.

Chia seeds also con­tain good quan­ti­ties of many min­er­als such as cal­cium, phos­pho­rus and man­ganese. Phos­pho­rus is a min­eral pri­mar­ily known for its role in bone health. It works with cal­cium in or­der to boost the strength of your bones.

When con­sum­ing chia seeds it’s im­por­tant to in­crease your in­take of wa­ter, as it’s such a good source of fi­bre. You can make a chia seed gel that acts as a bind­ing agent to re­place eggs and oil in bak­ing.

They can also be ground into flour as an­other op­tion for gluten­free flours. You can mix them into your break­fast, add them to smooth­ies, muffins or bak­ing and of course make desserts from them. They’re even de­li­cious added to a hot lemon and ginger drink dur­ing the cooler months. But like any­thing, they are best con­sumed in mod­er­a­tion.

Hi Fiona. Cir­cu­la­tory is­sues can oc­cur when blood flow be­comes re­stricted to cer­tain parts of the body for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. Although it can af­fect any part of your body, usu­ally peo­ple no­tice it in their ex­trem­i­ties – the toes or fin­gers. Here are a num­ber of ways you can sup­port healthy cir­cu­la­tion: Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a selection of ques­tions can be an­swered.

turmeric root, which also has anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Turmeric con­tains cur­cumin, which is a won­der­ful an­tiox­i­dant and as­sists blood flow.

Eat­ing a diet rich in vi­ta­min C con­tain­ing foods such as cap­sicums, cit­rus fruit, broc­coli and pa­paya is im­por­tant for vas­cu­lar health, which in turn im­proves cir­cu­la­tion. Al­ter­na­tively you can sup­ple­ment with vi­ta­min C.

Chia seeds are a great veg­e­tar­ian source of omega-3 al­pha-linolenic acid.

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