What are vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients because they perform hundreds of vital roles that keep our bodies healthy. They help shore up bones, heal wounds and bolster our immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage.
Vitamins and Minerals are often called Micronutrients because our bodies only need tiny amounts of them however failing to get even these small quantities virtually guarantees disease and illness.
Which vitamins and minerals are found in Chia seed?
Chia is full of vitamins and minerals, and includes high levels of all the following:
Important for bone and teeth structure, helps with blood clotting and assists with cellular processes.
Involved in red blood cell formation and the transportation and utilisation of oxygen.
Zinc aids in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It helps to heal wounds, assists the immune system and is needed for building cells.
Selenium is a potent antioxidant that helps prevent inflammation, as well as boosting the immune system function.
Copper is a mineral that helps the body utilise iron. It maintains the health of bones, connective tissues and skin. It also helps the thyroid gland function normally.
Manganese assists your body to utilise many key nutrients, including biotin, thiamine and vitamin C. It maintains normal sugar levels, protect cells from free radical damage and supports bone health.
Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, but is also necessary for keeping the immune system working efficiently, maintaining skin tissues and protecting fertility.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) forms a co-enzyme essential for the conversion of carbohydrates into energy.
It is required for the conversation of carbohydrates to energy, it also promotes healthy skin and eyes as well as normal nerve functions.
As with all B vitamins, Niacin helps the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous and digestion system function properly.
Vitamins C helps with the growth and repair of our bodies cells, promotes healthy blood vessels, gums and teeth.
Vitamin E is another nutrient that is a potent antioxidant. It protects tissues against free radical damage and it helps in normal red blood cell formation.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Is essential in the formation of DNA and is necessary for red blood cell manufacture.
Involved in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It helps in the manufacture of hormones and antibodies which help fight infection.
Chia is famous for its phytonutrients, plant chemicals that contain protective and disease preventing compounds. Phytonutrients founding Chia include quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid. Their role is to protect the plant from disease, injuries, insects, drought, excessive heat, ultraviolet rays and poisons or pollutants in the air or soil. They prevent disease and have been shown to ward off at least four of the leading causes of modern death in Western countries, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.Return to top of page