What’s inside chia seeds and what are the benefits?

Lots of goodness!

Chia seeds are full of fibre and packed with Omega 3 fatty acids. These little seeds contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein and these are important for bone health. According to a study by Natural Standard Research Collaboration, Chia seeds have shown possible effectiveness for the treatment for allergies, angina, cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD), athletic performance enhancement, heart attack, hormonal/endocrine. According to this report, some evidence also suggests possible anticoagulant, antioxidant, and antiviral effects.

One heaped dessertspoon (15g) of these little chia seeds pack a punch of nutritional goodness. A 15 gram serving of Linwoods Milled Chia Seed can provide your body with 3.1g of protein, 7% RDA of Iron, 2.9g of ALA (an Omega 3 fatty acid), 5.7g of fibre and 9% RDA of calcium. These vitamins are great for both you and your baby while pregnant.

Eating chia seeds during pregnancy

Chia is as super for pregnant women as it is for everyone else. We know that it is a great seed for healthy living but how does this help mum and baby?

Well, the seed contains many key nutrients that are important for a healthy pregnancy. In fact, just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds supply nearly all the additional daily calories and nutrition needed during early pregnancy.

According to Live Strong in the early days of pregnancy, “One serving of chia seeds provides a pregnant woman with over 15 percent of her protein needs, over a third of her daily fibre needs and nearly all of her additional calorie needs for the first trimester”. And that’s not all!

Dr Josh Axe highlights that as your baby grows your body may lose important nutrients, and chia seed can help replenish your body and keep both you and your baby happy and healthy.

Chia seeds are also a great source of Omega-3 and this is important for both mother and baby as omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the development of the baby’s brain. Most people choose to get their omega-3 from fish or fish oil, but because of the mercury contained in fish – pregnant women are often apprehensive to do this and often advised against it. And so Chia seed is a great alternative to get that omega-3 fatty acid that your body and your baby need.

And it’s even better news if you’re thinking about stocking up on chia seeds. Foods like nuts and seeds commonly come with a relatively high fat content and as a result of this; they will have a short shelf life before they turn bad. But not chia seeds, they are so rich in antioxidants they can be kept in storage for up to four years without any problems.

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