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10 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

These nutritional powerhouses pack a real punch

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Chia plants may have been popular in the 1980s (ch-ch-ch-chia!), but it’s their seeds that are considered pretty valuable these days. Once a staple in ancient Aztec diets, the seeds have been rediscovered. Chia seeds offer a myriad of health benefits. They’re rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fats. They’re loaded with minerals and fiber. Chia seeds are even a great source of plant-based protein. Here’s an in-depth look at ten health benefits of chia seeds.

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Reduce inflammation

Acai berry and chia seed pudding with blueberries and blackberries in glass jars on a light white table. Copy space, horizontal image, front view

Many diseases, such as depression and cancer, are linked to inflammation. Chia seeds may reduce inflammation thanks to high levels of an antioxidant called caffeic acid. Caffeic acid is a phenolic acid found in certain foods and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. By consuming anti-inflammatory foods, like chia seeds, you may be lowering your risk of disease.

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