Chia is a member of a mint family, grown for its seed in Southern Mexico and Guatemala, and has been used for its medicinal and healing properties as early as 3500 BC.
These nutty tasting whole grain chia seeds are one of the healthiest, anti-aging super-foods available and are considered to be one of nature`s perfect foods.
The Chia see is an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, protein, vitamins, minerals, and is one of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids on the planet.
This powerful gluten -free seed is extremely versatile – it can be eaten raw, cooked, sprouted, ground, or as a gel.
Chia Seeds Many Health and Healing Benefits:
(1) Promotes Cardiovascular Health
(2) Promotes Bone Health
(3) Stabilizes Blood Sugar
(4) Boosts Brain Function
(5) Improves Digestive Health
(6) Improves Mental Focus and Concentration
(7) Regulates Blood Pressure
(8) Increases Endurance and Energy Levels
(9) Reduces Menopausal Symptoms
(10) Gluten Free
(11) Promotes Healthy Elimination and Detoxification
Chia Seeds for Weight Loss
Beside their nutritional value, chia seeds are also an effective aid for healthy weight loss. When the chia seed is exposed to water it has the ability to absorb more than twelve times its weight in water. This produces a gelatinous substance which, when ingested, creates a feeling of fullness. This helps suppress the appetite and eliminate food cravings. The chia seed is also known to reduce cravings for sweets and junk food, while promoting lean muscle mass.
Originating in Mesopotamia (modern day southern Iraq), flax seed`s health, healing, and medicinal purposes have been know for thousands of years.
Flax seed comes in 2 basic varieties: brown and yellow (or golden). While brown and golden flax seed have similar nutritional value, golden is touted as having a superior flavor.
Flax seed or flaxeed is high in fiber (both soluble and insoluble), protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as a balanced ratio of omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, and high levels of antioxidants known as lignans.
Lignans are plant-based substance (phytochemicals) that act like human estrogen. Lignans are found in the fiber portion of flax seed and have remarkable health benefits. Flaz seed contians up to 800 times more lignans than any other plant food.
Flax Seeds Many Health and Healing Benefits:
(1) Promotes Cardiovascular Health
(2) Boosts Immune system
(3) Lowers Cholesterol
(4) Stabilizes Blood Sugar Levels
(5) Helps Prevent Breast, Colon, and Prostate Cancer
(6) Aids in Digestion
(7) Helps Prevent Inflammatory
(8) Bowel Syndrome
(9) Helps Prevent Crohn`s Disease
(10) Helps Prevent Colitis
(11) Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes
(12) Reduces Arthritis Inflammation
(13) Helps Prevent Macular Degeneration
(14) Reduces Menopausal symptoms
(15) Alleviates symptoms of Psoriasis
Flax Seeds for Weight Loss
Flax increases the body`s metabolic rate which helps to burn fat, and its high fiber content helps fill you up, so you consume fewer calories.
Flax seed is available as whole seeds, ground seeds, and oil. To achieve the most benefits from flax seed, nutritionists recommend consuming ground flax seed over whole, as whole flax seeds do not digest well. If you purchase whole flax seed, grind it up first in a food processor or coffee grinder.
How much flax do you need?
Just 2 tablespoons a day of ground flax seed is all you need for its amazing health and nutritional benefits. It has a delicious nutty flavor and can be consumed in fruit smoothies, or sprinkled on cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or salad.
Hemp originated in Central Asia over 12,000 years ago and was grown fot its fiber, oil, and seeds. Not to be confused with marijuana – Hemp is in the marijuana family, but contains only microscopic levels of THC, and will not get you high. Instead, hemp seed is considered to be one of the world`s most nutritious seeds ad one of the most easily digested foods on earth.
Hemp seeds are not only delicious but are a superior source of protein, as well as a rich source of essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.
Hemp seed also comes in oil form and can be used on salads, in smoothies, cereal, etc., as well as topically on the skin. It is non-greasy, very healing, and an excellent anti-aging moisturizer.
Hemp Seeds Many Health and Healing Benefits:
(1) Supports a Healthy Metabolism
(2) Facilitates Fat Burning
(3) Helps Lower Bad LDL and High Cholesterol
(4) Reduces Hormonal Symptoms
(5) Decreases Inflammatory Conditions
(6) Regulates the Digestive System
(7) Supports Healthy Hair, Nail, and Skin Health
(8) Reduces Food Cravings and Promotes Weight Loss
*Hemp seed is found to be completely safe for those who have allergies or an intolerance to gluten or nuts.
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