What are chia seeds good for?

"Chia seeds are good for us because they have so many different beneficial nutrients," says Beaver. "They also contain important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron and B vitamins."

Viscous fiber – a type of fiber especially good for heart health Omega-3 fats – a type of healthy fat most Americans don't get enough of Antioxidants – a cornerstone of an anti-inflammatory diet

"At about five grams per tablespoon, chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, which is important since fiber has so many health benefits," says Beaver.

Fiber can help you feel fuller for longer, which is why chia seed water can help stave off hunger. Whether this leads to actual weight loss, though ... that's less clear.

Since they contain a lot of insoluble fiber — the kind that helps bulk up your stool while still keeping it soft —

 chia seeds can help get things moving in your gut. Hence, the current trend of drinking chia seed water to help promote a bowel movement.

"Chia seeds also contain viscous fiber, which has a binding quality to it," explains Beaver. "This type of fiber can trap excess bile and cholesterol in our GI tract, which our body then eliminates when we go to bathroom."

This unique property of chia seeds is that they help balance cholesterol levels, a benefit to heart health.

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