Chia is an annual plant grown for its seeds. It comes mainly from Mexico and belongs to the Lamiaceae family. In the scientific field, it responds to the name of Salvia hispanica. In the past, it was part of the staple food of the indigenous peoples of Central America. It has, in fact, an important nutritional value. For the last decades, it has also occupied a great place in the field of phytotherapy. In terms of chemical composition, it contains flavonoids, fibers and macronutrients such as proteins, glucoses and lipids (oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid). It is also rich in trace elements and vitamins. Mention may, for example, be made of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, manganese and many more.
Properties and uses in natural medicine
Because of its richness in nutrients, chia is a real ally of athletes and people following a slimming diet. According to nutritionists, it is an excellent dietary supplement. Indeed, it is able to cover and satisfy everyone’s nutritional needs. It also has the ability to regulate appetite. Thus, it can annihilate any feeling of hunger as well as the desire for sugars and snacking.
In addition, this plant acts on the cardiovascular system. It participates in the reduction of blood cholesterol levels and stimulates the motor functions of the heart and vessels. Therefore, it intervenes in the type 2 diabetes risk prevention and hypercholesterolemia. In addition, it improves liver functions.
Finally, chia is used in the composition of several cosmetic preparations. In fact, it allowsmaintain healthy skin and hair. It reduces the signs of skin aging such as the appearance of fine lines and effectively protects the skin against all types of aggression. At the capillary level, it nourishes and hydrates dry and damaged hair.
- Edible seeds
- Vegetable oil
The chia seeds can be integrated into several culinary recipes: pudding, milkshake, smoothie, cakes, salads or cereals. A daily dose of 15 g or 2 tablespoons is recommended.
As for vegetable oil, it can be used as edible oil. However, it should never be heated, but only used to season or accompany your dishes. In external use, it is administered locally on the skin or hair. To do this, gently massage the areas to be treated with a few drops of vegetable oil.
For the capsules, it is advisable to take them as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The usual dosage is 1 to 3 capsules per day, to be taken before or after meals.
Precautions for use
Chia seeds are contraindicated for people with an allergy to seeds and nuts. In addition, to take full advantage of its benefits, we recommend a prior consultation with a nutritionist or health professional.