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Dubai: Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are rich in nutrients that are beneficial for both your body and your brain.

Considered the ultimate super food, chia seeds contain protein, fibre minerals such as phosphorus and potassium, and also trace elements such as manganese and selenium.

Wholesome and easy to prepare, they’re a very versatile ingredient that can be easily added to recipes. Chia seeds can be used as an add-on in any dish on the breakfast table or staple foods that we have for lunch or dinner.

Here are the top four benefits of this powerhouse of energy and nourishment: 
Healthy heart

Chia seeds are high in healthy fats and contain Omega-3 that helps regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure. This is essential and particularly beneficial for heart health.
Better digestion

Chia is super-high in fibre and provides the recommended fibre intake for the day with just one serving, thus making you feel full for longer. Adequate levels of fibre in your diet help in better digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease and control blood sugar. 
Stronger bones

Chia seeds are high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, protein and magnesium etc. All of these nutrients are essential in providing bones with the required nutrition
Glowing skin

Chia seeds are loaded with high-antioxidants. Antioxidants accelerate the skin’s repair systems thus preventing skin damage and premature skin ageing. Anti-oxidants also help fight the production of free radicals that contribute to diseases such as cancer.

- The writer is director, India Gate Quinoa, KRBL Limited