The Top Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

By Barrie Rogers, Debbie Dooly

Part of Cooking with Chia For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Chia seeds are chock-full of essential nutrients that are known to help improve health and well-being. By adding chia seeds to your diet, you’re doing yourself a favor. Here are some of the health benefits that people often notice from using chia:

  • Lower cholesterol: Chia is known for helping to lower cholesterol thanks to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

  • Joint pain relief: Chia is a natural anti-inflammatory, so people often use it to help relieve joint pain, such as arthritis or inflammatory pain from injuries.

  • Improved memory and concentration: People who make chia a regular part of their lives often remark how they seem to have more clarity, not forgetting things as often and being able to concentrate better.

  • Relief from digestive disorders: Many people use chia because the fiber it contains helps to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find that using chia helps greatly.

  • Increased energy: People who eat chia seeds notice that they have increased energy and are less tired. Once they start to notice this, they’re reluctant to miss their daily 2 tablespoons of chia in fear that they’ll lack energy again. That’s the best kind of healthy addiction!

  • Balanced blood sugars: Thanks to its hydrophilic (water-absorbing) properties, chia has a slow energy release that naturally helps balance blood sugar levels. People with type-2 diabetes often use chia to help balance their blood sugar levels.