Product : Organic Chai Seeds Review
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Price : £7.75 for 1kg
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Organic Chai Seeds – Packed with Nutrition
Chai Seeds have become one of the latest “superfoods” on the market recently. They are easy to use and very versatile and can go in many different recipes. They are nutrient dense and packed with oodles of good stuff such as:-
Recent research has even shown how this nutrient rich seed has even been linked to healing diabetes.
The Chai Seed was originally grown in Mexico where they were valued for their medicinal properties and nutrient value. Chai means “strength” in the Mayan language. The Mayan warriors would use them to provide strength and endurance when hunting or going to battle. If they are good enough for warriors I’m confident we mere mortals can benefit from their rich nutrients.
The Benefits of Chai Seeds
A large amount of nutrients are provided for a small amount of calories – something I consider to be a good trade off!
- Rich in antioxidants – which speed up the skins repair systems and prevent skin damage
- Rich in Fibre – which helps balance blood sugar levels and therefore insulin levels. Fibre also promotes regular bowel movement which maintains a healthy digestive system.
- High Linoleic content – a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
- High in Omega 3 – which helps lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation – which all helps maintain a healthy heart.
- High Calcium content – one ounce of Chai seeds has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium which is important for healthy bones and teeth.
- Rich in Alpha Lineic acid (ALA) an omega-3 fatty acid which has been found to limit the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers.
How to Eat Chai Seeds
I have eaten Chai Seeds in a variety of ways. The beauty of Chai seeds is that they can be sprinkled onto foods as an addition to a normal recipe – without interfering with the flavour so you get all the benefits without having to go out of your way to make something specific.
You can grind or soak the seeds to enable them to be digested more easily. Soaking the seeds in water before eating allows them to “sprout” and release the “enzyme inhibitors” that are used to protect the seed, which makes them easier to digest and gain access to the dense nutrient content.
To soak Chai seeds mix them in a 1:10 ratio chai to water, then let them sit for at least 30 minutes. They will form a gel like substance that is easy to drink on its own. Chai seeds can hold up to 12 times their weight in water so are wonderful for dehydration.
Another option is to grind the Chai seeds in a coffee grinder or Vitamix to break down the hard outer shell. Chai seed flour can be used in most gluten-free recipes like pancakes, muffins, breads and pastas.
Or if you just want to go for it – you can just go whole and dip a teaspoon in a jar of Chai seeds and swallow them neat! They may have a crunch or stick to your teeth – but they still pack a punch of nutrition.
Favourite Chai Seed Juice
For an energy packed punch in the morning I rustle up Jason Vale’s “Protein Rich Powerhouse” which contains a good sprinkling of those super Chai seeds.
List Of Ingredients
- 1 Apple (Golden Delicious or Gala)
- 1 large handful Spinach
- ¼ medium Pineapple (peeled)
- ¼ medium Cucumber
- 1 Lime (peeled)
- 3 cm Broccoli stem
- 6 Pea Pods (fresh not cooked/frozen)
- ½ medium Avocado (ripe)
- 1 heaped teaspoon Hemp Protein Powder
- 1 x tablespoon Mixed Seeds (i.e. sunflower, pumpkin, chia)
- 3 Ice cubes
Does this Super Seed have any down sides?
The Chai seed has been know to cause some stomach discomfort when consumed in large amounts due to their high fiber content. As with most things – moderation is the key! Don’t go crazy and eat them by the spoonful, add them to recipes and juices in moderation or as recommended – and you will gain all the benefits of this nutritious seed without causing tummy upset.
It has also been noted that as Chai seeds contain a high quantity of Omega-3 fatty acids, they can if consumed to excess cause blood thinning and lower the blood pressure, to a degree. Which can lead to excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles for certain body types.
I recommend introducing Chai seeds slowly and moderately into your diet whilst listening to your body and how it responds to the new dietary addition.
If you have any comments to add about your experience incorporating Chai Seeds into you diet – do let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
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