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Why are chia seeds healthy? Omega-3s are the most powerful supplements you can incorporate into your life. Sixty percent of the brain is made from Omega-3 fats. You can get it in fish oils, such as cod liver oil. However one of the best sources of Omega 3s are chia seeds. There is new research that people who think they are forgetting more than they should can possibly reduce their brain age by 3 years. You can make yourself think younger by increasing the amount of Omega-3s in your diet.
There are a myriad of reasons why Omega-3s make sense because they reduce the inflammation in the body.
Chia seeds were grown in Central America more than 5 thousands years ago and for the Aztecs, chia represented a staple food, apart from beans, corn and amaranth. They prepared them as grain, cooked on their own or mixed with amaranth, ground into flour or soaked in water to get a rich beverage. Chia seeds were in fact so important to Aztects that they even used them as a form of currency. After the arrival of conquistadors, chia almost entirely dissappeared from the menu because the Spaniards prohibited the growth and usage of any plant connected to Aztec tradition. Today, chia is regaining its popularity all over the world.
An ancient super-food, chia seed was a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with Native tribes of North America. Chia has often been referred to as “Indian running food” because it was carried by their messengers for the sustained energy it provided. In fact, “chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength.
Mila® is a 100% natural whole raw proprietary blend of chia seed. Per serving, Mila® contains six times more calcium than milk. Given today's typical dietary habits, finding additional sources of Omega-3's is more important than ever. To help offset that negative dietary trend, Mila® contains the perfect ratio of 3:1 (3 Omega-3's to 1 Omega-6). Omega-3's are clinically proven to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, stabilize heart arrhythmia, lower blood pressure, act as a natural blood thinner and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. Omega-3 has a vasodilatory effect by increasing the size of the arteries and therby lowering blood pressure.
Mila®, with its high Omega-3 content, may enhance and balance hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Mila® may help reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause and help maintain a positive mental outlook. Preliminary research at the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that Omega-3's may help maintain healthy breast tissue. In addition, numerous studies show that diets high in Omega-3's and fiber may help maintain a healthy prostate. Mila® with its high Omega-3 and fiber content is an easy and simple way to include these necessary nutritional benefits into your daily diet.
Mila® is also a hydrophilic colloid. This important property aids in the digestion of food and helps control excess acids associated with indigestion, heartburn, and sour stomach. Mila's® unique soluble fiber content combined with its hydrophilic colloidal properties makes a gel in the stomach that creates a physical barrier thereby "lining" the stomach.
Mila® is so nutrient dense that the equivalent quantity of nutrients can only be aquired by consuming a combination of the highest food sources of those nutrients, an amount of food that represents approximately 6 times the calories of Mila®. For example, consuming 3-1/2 ounces of Mila® results in about 6 times fewer calories from the combined best sources of the same nutrient. In addition, Mila®'s exceptionally high level of Tryptophan (an amino acid that suppresses appetite) may relieve hunger pangs. Mila® can easily be used in formulating meal replacements.
The International Journal of Clinical Practice tells us that much research (including research from Harvard) has linked low levels of Omega-3's in the body with mood disorders. Omega-3's are believed to keep the brain's pattern of thoughts, reactions, and reflexes running cohesively and efficienctly. Clinical trials have concluded that Omega-3's may reduce the risk of various psychiatric disorders and Alzheimer's disease.
What about chia seeds and prenatal health? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that Omega-3's are very important to nourish the developing brain of the baby and to the mental health of the mother. Mila® also contains essential amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals including folate (folic acid) all of which are extremely important in fetal development. Considered by the FDA as food, it is safe for everyone's consumption including pregnant women. Warning: Flax is a thyroid interrupter and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Top reasons why you should include chia seeds in your daily diet...
1. Chia seeds help to lower cholesterol levels.
2. Thirteen times the recommended daily intake of omega-3.
3. Thirty percent more antioxidants than blueberries. Antioxidants prevent tissue destruction and helps protect your cells from free radials. They also help to fight oxidative stress in your cells.
4. Eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than Atlantic Salmon.
5. Chia seeds help improve constipation. Because chia seeds are high in fiber, they help with digestion, elimination and absorption of nutrients.
6. Balances blood sugar. Salvia hispanica L.'s nutrient dense qualities and Omega 3 content has been shown to assist in the control of sugar levels. Chia seeds help stabilize blood sugar levels and fight insulin resistance which is good for diabetics. When chia seeds are mixed in water to form a gel, and ingested, it slows down the process of carbohydrates being converted into sugar.
7. Increases energy and alertness.
8. Good for sustained hydration because chia seeds absorb at least 10 times their weight in water.
9. Decreases blood pressure and inflammation.
10. Increases joint mobility because chia seeds are the highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.
11. Used by athletes for hydration, endurance, performance and recovery.
12. Chia controls food cravings. When chia is mixed with liquid, a gel forms in the stomach.
13. When you mix chia with water, it forms a gelantinous substance in your stomach that keeps you feeling fuller for a longer period of time.
14. Can be used as an egg substitute for vegans. For baked recipes, substitute 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water per “egg”.
15. Chia is an excellent source of plant-based protein.
16. Chia seeds contain phytonutrients which help stengthen the immune system.
17. Sprinkle chia seeds in yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, soups, rice, vegetables, sauces, salads and smoothies.
18. Chia can also be used as a bulking agent for meatballs and meatloaf recipes. Its supreme biological properties are not diminished by heat in the cooking process.
19. High in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
20. Unlike fish, chia seeds have no cholesterol.
21. Contains protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese and phosphorous. It has 5 times more protein than kidney beans, 6 times more calcium than milk, 3 times more iron than spinach, and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
22. Good for heart health because chia lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.
23. Chia is gluten free!
24. For people with gluten allergies, chia can be ground into a powder and used in cooking.
25. Chia seeds are beneficial for hair, skin and nails.
26. Chia seeds can be eaten whole, whereas flax seeds have to be ground in order to gain any health benefits. Chia has four times more selenium than flax seeds.
27. A serving of chia is high in calcium which can help prevent osteoporosis and strengthen teeth and bones. It has six times more calcium than milk.
How To Make Chia Fresca: Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 8 ounces of fruit juice. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!
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Mila® is a proprietary blend of Salvia hispanica L., commonly known as chia seed. Mila® provides plant-based protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytonutrients to support your diet. This whole, raw food should be a staple in your daily diet.
Ingredients: 100% natural whole raw proprietary blend of chia seed.
Suggested Use: 2 Tablespoons (one 13-gram scoop) daily. This 16-ounce package will last a month with daily use. Add Mila® to your favorite beverage, cereal, yogurt, salad, and incorporate into your favorite recipes.
1 frozen or fresh banana
1 cup of berries
1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
1 scoop of Mila®
1 teaspoon cinnamon
10 drops of vanilla stevia
2 -1/2 cups of liquid (water or coconut water)
Place everything in the blender. Blend on medium speed for 1 minute, then shut off the blender and let it rest for 2 minutes. This allows the Mila® to absorb the liquid and gel. Blend again at a higher speed until you reach a smooth consistency.
Mila® Blueberry-Peanut Butter Smoothie
2 cups fat-free milk
2 tablespoons Mila®
2 tablespoons natural no-salt-added creamy peanut butter
1 cup frozen blueberries
Combine the milk, Mila®, peanut butter, and blueberries in a blender. Blend until smooth.