Chia seeds for stronger teeth and bones

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body – it is required to build strong bones and teeth, regulate muscle contractions (including heartbeat) and to enable our blood to clot. In addition, calcium is believed to help lower blood pressure and prevent both colon and breast cancer. A lack of calcium can lead to rickets in children or osteoporosis (a progressive bone disease) later in life. According to the Vegan Society, a study of almost 35,000 UK adults revealed that vegans had a higher risk of bone fracture as a result of their lower calcium intake. Yet although adults do require around 700mg of calcium each day, contrary to popular belief we needn’t consume large amounts of milk, cheese and other dairy products in order to obtain it. Indeed, green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale and South American superfood, chia seeds, are all excellent alternative sources of calcium for vegans or anyone else who is concerned about their calcium intake.

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Chia seeds – more precious than gold!

Chia seeds come from the Mexican mint plant known as the Salvia Hispanica, which the Mayans, Aztecs and Tehuantepecs have used as source of food and medicine since 3500 BC. In fact the Aztecs prized chia seeds more than gold and even used them as a form of currency. Packed with vitamins (especially vitamin A), minerals (including calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and sodium), protein, enzymes, carbohydrates, amino acids, fibre and antioxidants, chia seeds are an incredibly versatile superfood that as well as boosting calcium intake can also:

  • Promote a healthy metabolism
  • Provide energy and improve stamina
  • Boost immunity – chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen the immune system, help to prevent inflammation and cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to reduce the risk of heart and neurological diseases
  • Neutralise the harmful effects of free radicals and thus delay the signs of aging
  • Balance blood sugar and hormone levels – consuming chia seeds reduces the need for sugar and raises insulin sensitivity)
  • Lead to demonstrable weight loss – chia seeds absorb lots of water and contain a high amount of dietary fibre, which significantly reduces feelings of hunger and helps to delay the absorption of carbohydrates into our bloodstream
  • Encourage supple, radiant skin

Chia seeds – for stronger teeth and bones

Recent research on more than 60,000 elderly women in Sweden demonstrated that those who had a low intake of dietary calcium (less than 700 mg) were more at risk of bone fracture and osteoporosis, than those who didn’t. Chia seeds contain a whopping 500% more calcium than fresh milk and just one tablespoon of this wholesome superfood provides around 10% of our recommended daily intake of calcium!

Yet calcium alone is not enough to guarantee optimum bone health. Without a sufficient intake of boron and magnesium for example, calcium will simply pass through our bodies without being absorbed. Happily chia seeds also contain both of these trace minerals (chia seeds boast 1400% more magnesium than broccoli) in addition to omega-3 fatty acids, which make it easier for our body to absorb vitamin D – another crucial component in teeth and bone heath.

Chia seeds – a versatile addition to your daily diet

Organic chia seeds are readily absorbable and unlike linseeds, don’t need to be ground before they can be digested. This means that chia seeds, which also possess an exceptionally long shelf life, can be sprinkled straight from the bag onto cereals, salads, soups and sauces or stirred directly into your favourite smoothies, shakes, protein drinks and juices. And, when mixed with water, chia seeds transform into a lovely gel that makes the perfect base for raw desserts and biscuits and can be used to thicken tea.

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5 Responses to “Chia seeds for stronger teeth and bones”

  1. Chia seeds really are an all-round superfood with many whole-body benefits. We need to stop focusing on just calcium in regard to bone health though. As I state in my book “Top 10 Raw Food Tips for Osteoporosis”, magnesium and vitamin K are just as important for bone health, as are numerous other minerals that very few people even mention. Additionally, our RDA for calcium is set at 750 – 1000mg per day simply to counteract the rate at which we lose it, not because we actually need that much on a daily basis. There are many tribes in Africa who have an intake of below 350mg per day and they have absolutely no incidence of osteoporosis at all.
    Whilst no discussion on bone health would be complete without mentioning calcium, it is not the “be all and end all” that we have been led to believe.
    Let this not detract, however, from an excellent article regarding the health benefits of chia seeds. But remember, with chia, it isn’t just the bones that benefit, it’s the whole body, including the brain!

    August 12, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
    • I’ve always looked to chai seeds (and flax seeds) because of the high concentration of omega 3 found in them, and being a vegan myself it was the most natural choice for my dietary needs. Hadn’t realized until reading this article that they are actually as rich in calcium, going way beyond what would be ordinarily found in milk. Thanks for an informative article.

      July 1, 2015 at 8:54 am Reply
  2. Ash #

    “…just one tablespoon of this wholesome superfood provides around 10% of our recommended daily intake of calcium!”

    Can anybody clarify if this percentage (10%) is correct? Should it be 100% ? 10% doesn’t sound like a lot !

    August 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply
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