Chia seeds are one of the most popular superfoods around the world, used by many to increase health and beauty. They offer plenty of fiber and protein and help keep you feeling full throughout the day. They are also loaded with antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, which protect skin’s moisture barrier, relieve inflammation and reduce acne scars.
If you haven’t jumped on the chia seed bandwagon just yet, a newly discovered method that enhances the benefits and produces a product to combat antiaging might just convince you to try out this unassuming seed.
Chia seeds are from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is in the mint family and native to Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. Research from Purdue University has developed an extraction process that secures the seed’s previously almost-impossible-to-access components. This results in a protein-rich flour that increases the bioactivity and functionality of the chia seed to boost its effects.
The researchers were also able to access enzymes they say can be used in medicine capsules and beauty products to significantly slow the aging process.
Chia seeds have also become a staple in vegan diets. Combining one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons of water will result in a gel that can replaces eggs in baking. This trick can also be used to for people trying to lower their cholesterol with higher-fiber diets.
One caveat: Chia seeds absorb about 10 times their weight in liquid, so consume them carefully, especially if you have difficulty swallowing.
Next time you are browsing the health food or skin care aisles, keep an eye out for chia seeds. Who knows, you may find a seat on the bandwagon.