- Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, especially chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and flavanol glycosides. They also contain myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols that protect the fatty acids from oxidation. These natural antioxidants mean that the chia seeds do not require refrigeration or added natural antioxidants to remain fresh.
Chia Seeds, Energy, and their Effect on the Colon
The seeds are able to absorb over nine times their weight in water and actually form a gel. This gel causes carbohydrates to be released slowly into the body, and the carbohydrates are slowly converted into glucose which is then used for energy. This keeps the body feeling fuller for longer. Chia seeds are also rich in soluble fibre (five percent). The mucilaginous properties of chia seeds act as both a bulking agent and a fibre source, and this helps to cleanse and soothe the colon. Chia seeds are able to act as a sort of sponge, absorbing toxins, whilst also lubricating the colon, and strengthening the peristaltic action of the intestines.