Chia Seeds Legend has it the Aztecs ate these little seeds before going into battle. And after reading the host of benefits from chia seeds, it's not too hard to believe. "This tiny seed can absorb 10 times its weight in water when added to drinks and food," says Diaz. "This makes you feel fuller, increases muscle hydration, and controls your blood sugar by slowing down how fast you burn carbohydrates, giving you longer lasting energy." Fiber-filled chia seeds also contain more omega-3s in one serving then a serving of salmon. The powers of this super food translate into big beauty benefits. "Chia seeds are more than 60 percent essential fatty acids, which strengthen skin, hair, and nails," says Vicario. "And the high protein content is essential for growth."
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