There are these little seeds that you may not know about but they are called chia seeds. They come from South America and have been cultivated there as far back as 3500 BC! These little black seeds are amazing for us Endo ladies and really would benefit anyone. It is a fabulous superfood!
8 reasons why I believe chia seeds win over flaxseeds:
1. Chia seeds don’t have an estrogenic effect on our bodies. Unfortunately, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil have an estrogenic effect, which we want to avoid with Endometriosis.
2. Chia seeds aid digestion in a different way. Flaxseeds are sold to benefit us due to their high roughage and fibre for the bowels. Chia seeds do something far more crucial for our bowels. They provide a lubrication and hydration for the bowels, which helps build up good gut flora and makes passing bowels easier. This is often a great source of pain for us Endo ladies—so anything to make it easier is a benefit!
3. Rehydrate the body and maintain electrolyte balance
Chia seeds can hold 12 times their own volume in water and also have oil retention capacities. This means, they can provide us with extra hydration and level out electrolyte imbalances.
4. They help rebuild the gut wall
There is a condition called leaky gut syndrome. Hereby the gut wall is damaged and we are not absorbing all the nutrients in our food. Chia seeds offer a mucilage in the gut wall, which offers protective and healing abilities for the gut lining.
5. They are high in protein
The protein found in chia seeds is easily assimilated by the body and helps with regeneration of our inner cells.
6. Richer and better source of omega 3 than flaxseeds
Chia seeds are a richer source of omega 3. These oils will remain undisturbed even after seven years of storage. Flaxseed oil is often rancid which becomes an indirect toxin for the body. Omega 3 is crucial for our endocrine system, helping the thyroid, adrenals and reproductive system.
7. Full of good stuff!
Chia seeds contain fat soluble Vitamins A,D, E and K. They also contain good amounts of calcium, potassium, biotin, chromium and antioxidants quercetin and myricetin.
8. Regulate blood sugar levels
Due to the barrier they form in our digestive system, we are less likely to absorb the glucose into the blood stream as quickly. This helps regulate blood sugar and provides prolonged energy and helps with weight loss.
So, hands down, chia seeds win! Have you tried chia seeds? Do you currently use flaxseeds? What are you thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree?