Food is one of the primary sources of energy for health, beauty and vitality. Keeping that in mind, our team at Well Within is committed to helping you make informed dietary choices that fuel your body, but also give you healthy, glowing skin. Chia seeds are a beauty superfood you may want to add to your cart the next time you’re at the market because of the skin health benefits they impart.
Although they’ve only recently started getting attention from health and beauty experts, chia seeds have been celebrated for centuries in Mexico and South America where they are grown. The ancient Mayan and Aztec peoples believed the seeds had powerful medicinal properties. The word chia literally means “strength” in the Mayan language.
Today, chia seeds are recognized as a superfood that’s loaded with a host of health and wellness benefits. They offer a variety of beauty-enhancing nutrients, such as:
Chia seeds are antioxidant-rich, which helps protect the cells against free radical damage and premature aging. Antioxidants are also influential in helping skin repair from the everyday damage of sun exposure and environmental irritants.
Chia seeds are a great source of protein—a one ounce serving offers four grams. Protein is essential for collagen production, which helps skin stay strong and supple.
The nutrient-dense chia seed is abundant in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA to ease inflammation of the skin. These also strengthen the skin, hair, and nails—talk about a beauty powerhouse!
Many researchers link magnesium to reducing inflammation associated with acne. This natural element also relaxes the nervous system and regulates cortisol, the stress hormone that wreaks havoc on skin.
The tiny, black, chia seed has a mild, nutty taste. They can be eaten in a variety of ways.
Chia seeds can be ground down and used like flour in many gluten-free recipes and baked into crackers and breads. Ground chia seeds may also be added to juice or sprinkled on top of smoothie bowls and oatmeal.
Soak one-third cup of chia seeds in two cups of water for 30 minutes to two hours. Then, mix the resulting chia gel into water (add lemon or other flavorings) or juice, or blend it into smoothies. This gel can even be used as an egg substitute in baking. Simply soak one tablespoon of chia seeds in three tablespoons of water for the equivalent of one egg.
Chia seeds pudding is perhaps one of the most popular ways to consume the seeds. Take about three tablespoons of chia seeds and soak them in a cup of almond or coconut milk for about four hours or overnight. Mix in flavors like vanilla, cocoa, or maple syrup. You might also add chopped nuts or berries.In addition to their contribution to healthy skin, chia seeds also stabilize blood sugar, help minimize excess belly fat, and support bone health. Make sure to add this superfood to your grocery list to enjoy their many health benefits.
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