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July 9, 2008
Chia Seeds Can Imrove Your Quality of Life
Having successfully lowered and then maintained my weight for the last three years, I am going to shift the focus of this blog to supplements that I feel have increased my energy, improved my attitude and added to the quality of my life. In my mid-sixties I am not ready to slow down and act my age!
Today's post is about Chia Seeds. These little marvels, when added to my normal diet, seem to add stamina on the tennis court, clarity of focus on the court or in the business environment, and a general feeling of well being throughout the day. Chores in the yard or on the boat I once dreaded are now embraced and actually seem enjoyable.
So what is a Chia Seed?
Chia seeds are small, mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white ovals that contain 20% protein, 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber, and significant levels of antioxidants such as chlorogenic and caffeic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols. There is a very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acid in the oil from the seeds. The FDA regards chia as a food with an established history of safe consumption.
You can add Chia Seeds to any dish. I like to put it in omelettes in the morning or salads during the day. I have added them to any number of dishes. Alternatively simply take a teaspoon dry chased with a glass of water. I typically do this an hour before a tennis match and find my energy level stays strong throughout the 2 to 2 1/2 hour matches. When cleaning up a overgrown yard covered in ivy I found that I was taxed but not tired as I cut, chopped, yanked and gathered the ivy and crammed it into more than a dozen large trash bags and carried them to the dumpster that was about a quarter mile away. My muscles ached a bit as theyhad not been used inthis fashion in a long, long time. But they did not give out or become overly taxed and after more than four hours I still had energy to spare. The next day none of the anticipated aches and pains plagued me.
Was it the Chia Seeds? I don't know for sure but I certainly suspect they played a large role that day. Try them. I think you will like what they do for you.