Properties and Characteristics of chia hispanica or salvia hispanica

Properties of chia hispanica

Chia seeds are small seeds that come from the salvia hispanica plant of the mint family. This plant is native to South America specifically in central and southern Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and are currently very well known, as they have become quite fashionable after being so recommended to start changing eating habits for a healthier life, besides being very easy to get in different establishments, supermarkets, herbalists. Chia is gluten free, which makes it a perfect food for people with celiac disease.
One of the benefits offered by this seed is the ease with which it can be consumed, as there are many recipes where it can be included. The advantage of hydrating chia seeds with a liquid is that when they swell they release enzymes that are very good for the body and help to take advantage of all the benefits that chia provides in a more optimal way. It can also be added directly to meals such as salads, juices, smoothies, among others. The recommended amount to consume per day is two tablespoons. Excess can bring side effects such as constipation, abdominal distension or gas accumulation.

They are rich in antioxidants
Chia seeds are a whole grain food and are organically grown, non-GMO and gluten-free. They are loaded with antioxidants, three times more antioxidants than blueberries.

They are an excellent source of fiber
It is recommended to consume about 30 grams of fiber per day for both men and women. If we increase the daily fiber intake by 15 grams, many benefits for the body and for health in general would be achieved.

Great contribution of proteins
The cells of our body are constantly renewing themselves, and in order to produce this renewal in an optimal way we must consume proteins, which in turn are loaded with amino acids, another of the things that chia seeds provide us with, quality protein. Proteins help us feel satiated and help us reduce anxiety and obsessive thoughts about food, making us lose weight in a healthy way.

Chia hispanica white
Chia bread

High content of Omega-3 fatty acids
Among the components of chia are Omega-3 fatty acids, of which there are different types such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which can be obtained in foods of animal origin such as salmon or trout. Chia seeds have another type of Omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

They help your metabolic health
Talking about metabolic health is referring to cholesterol, triglycerides, obesity. Chia seeds, being rich in fiber, proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids, will help you not only to reduce all these values, but also prevent you from suffering from heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

They provide nutrients for bones
Chia has high contents of important minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, magnesium; and also nutrients such as proteins, so important for our bone system. Chia seeds provide 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium, so they are excellent for those who do not consume dairy products.

Prevent diabetes
By containing large amounts of fiber, chia seeds help regulate blood sugar levels. Fiber captures sugar and releases it very gradually, preventing glucose and insulin peaks.

Chia Fayle Seeds Technical Data Sheet

Hispanic Chia

Chia or salvia hispanica provides many benefits to the body.
In 28 grams of chia seeds can be found:

  • 137 calories and just one gram of digestible carbohydrates
  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of fats of which five are Omega-3
  • 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium
  • 30% manganese
  • 30% magnesium
  • 27% phosphorus
  • Zinc, vitamin B1, B2 and B3, as well as rich in potassium.