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Focus On Health: Chia Seeds

July 29, 2017

Deep in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, isolated and almost impossible to reach, reside the native Taruhumara tribe, known as the best ultra distance runners in the world. Their skills are passed from generation to generation. This includes not just running technique but the nutrition required of a super athlete. It’s no surprise that a staple of their diet for years has been Chia Seeds, only relatively recently recognized as a “power food” for long distance runners in the U.S.

They actually have even more benefits than covered, but this post is specific to working out.

With omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B, E, and D, protein, antioxidants,  calcium, iron, potassium and other minerals packed into these little round “sprinkles”, Chia seeds are the most dense nutritional food around.

The Omega 3 are beneficial to work outs because they reduce inflammation and joint pain. This will increase endurance, as well as speed up recovery time for your next work out.

Chia seeds also slow the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. This prolongs endurance by preventing spikes in blood sugar and increasing the amount of time your body has to use up stored carbs. Chia seeds themselves do not have carbs, so you will need to supplement with other foods or sports gels.

Because they’re high in fiber and nutrients, they keep you satiated longer, which promotes weight loss.

The amino acids and anti oxidants speed up post workout recovery.

Whether you’re a marathon runner or weekend warrior at the gym, Marshalls Creek has the most affordable quality chia seeds around. Don’t forget to bookmark this page, because you will be back after you shop around!

No special preparation is necessary to eat chia seeds. Sprinkle them in your cereal or oatmeal. Include them in a smoothie. You can even soak them in water or juice for 5 minutes. They are taste less and non offensive.

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