Way before they got famous for Chia Pets, chia seeds have been a part of people’s diets. Now we consider them a superfood, but you probably don’t realize why. Here are all the health benefits of eating chia seeds, according to registered dietitian Brooke Alpert and nutrition coach Dana Kofsky.
They can help you drop pounds - With 11-grams of fiber and 4.4-grams of protein in a serving, chia seeds can help with weight loss by keeping you full longer.
They're powerful stress-busters - Chia seeds are packed with magnesium, which can help keep cortisol (aka the stress hormone) levels low. Plus they’re high in tryptophan, an amino acid that can boost serotonin production, which helps you deal with anxiety.
Get glowy, without a facial - A serving of chia seeds has more omega 3s than a serving of salmon. And those reduce inflammation and dryness and improve circulation, bringing you glowy skin.
They've got more calcium than milk - Each serving of chia seeds has almost 20% of the daily recommended amount of calcium - by weight that’s more than milk.
They can banish bloat - They’re packed with potassium - twice as much as a banana - and that helps you look and feel less bloated.