Chia seed oil is a versatile oil that can be used for a variety of purposes include cooking, home remedies, and beauty care. Chia seed oil is rich in nutrients and has a subtle taste, which means you can add it to almost any food and improve its nutrition without drastically altering its flavor.
How is Chia Seed Oil MadeChia seeds originated in the central valley of Mexico and spread through the Central and South American regions. Humans have been eating and using chia seeds for thousands of years. To make chia seed oil, thousands of tiny chia seeds are cold pressed and the oil itself is extracted. Unlike standard presses, which are expeller pressed and use a great deal of heat to create oil (soybean, safflower, etc,), our chia seed oil uses cold-pressing technology. Because the cold pressing process is slower and more methodical, the oil that is extracted maintains its fatty acid structure, keeping it full of nutrients.
Health Benefits of Chia SeedsChia seeds have so many health benefits that many people have expanded their uses to go beyond food. Luckily, because chia seeds and chia seed oil can be added to almost any meals, you have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this little-known superfood. Some health benefits of chia seeds are outlined below. Chia seeds:
- Are high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and fiber, and contain both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
- Help slow digestion, making you feel full while eating less.
- Have more fiber than both flax seeds and hemp seeds.
- Balance the immune system and reduce blood pressure.
- Can reduce inflammation and lessen joint pain caused by swelling.
- Can improve brain function.
- Chia seeds have also been shown to help make your skin smoother by exfoliating your pores.
Uses for Chia Seed OilChia seed oil is the best option for anyone who wants to live an active or healthy lifestyle. For those who are aging (that’s all of us) or suffering from joint pain or indigestion, chia seed oil may completely transform your life. Chia seed oil keeps most of its rich nutrients when used cold. Even when it is cooked, it is a healthier alternative to olive oil. Chia seed oil can be added to different foods to give them the added health kick that may make you feel better or brighten your day. Add chia seed oil to soups, salads, or yogurts without any preparation. Make a chia seed oil bread dip or even marinate your meats with it.
Chia seed oil is perfect for all kinds of different foods. For more chia seed oil recipes, view our recipe page.