Chia Seed Oil
Once a humble and small grain from Central America, chia seed is now one of the most frequently asked ingredients on Google.
According to Ingredient Network, in the last ten years, google queries for chia seeds have increased almost by 860%.
There is no doubt chia seed is gaining more and more popularity around the globe. And, these small seeds owe this increasing fame mostly to their amazing benefits on human health.
It would be surprising if it weren’t that beneficial given the fact that chia seed is loaded with essential minerals, vitamins and other key nutrients, such as amino acids.
While there is no shadow of a doubt that chia seeds are rather beneficial, in today’s article we are going to focus on the potential benefits of Chia Seed Oil.
As one would expect Chia seed oil is derived from chia seeds.
Chia seed oil is rich mainly in Omega-3, fibre, protein, antioxidants, vitamin B3 and zinc.
These given nutrients can give us clues about how beneficial chia seed oil can be.
Now, it is time to enumerate the potential and proven benefits of Chia Seed Oil.
1- May Delay Ageing Signs
Seeing the signs associated with ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles or sagging skin can be devastating for some people.
Therefore, especially middle-aged individuals look for ways to delay ageing signs with the most suitable products.
Due to this and other reasons, there has been a gradual growth in the sales of skin care products since the early 2000s.
Even though many people aren’t aware, chia seeds oil is already used as the main ingredients in many cosmetics products in the market thanks mainly to its fatty acid content.
Since chia seeds oil contain fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega- 6, both are proven to support the skin health, this natural oil can potentially reduce ageing signs namely wrinkles, fine lines or under-eye bags.
You can use this oil either by applying topically on your face or consuming as a food to support your skin. However, if your skin type is oily, then it is sensible to carry out a little experiment.
Take a little bit of chia seed oil and apply it to a small area of your skin. Wait for a while and check whether the skin is irritated where you applied the oil.
2- Can Combat Dry Skin
If your skin tends to get dry especially in the cold weathers, you may have already tried many cosmetics moisturisers. However, the trend especially in the last two decades is using natural and chemical-free products for skin and hair.
Natural oil essences have been working wonders when it comes to moisturising skin. One of these natural oils is chia seed oil.
As mentioned above, this seed oil contains Omega-3 and omega-6 that are both nutritious for the skin. Omega-3 and omega-6 can help the skin to retain water and remain moisturised.
In an 8-week long study, researchers found that chia seed oil has the feature of improving skin hydration.
3- Help Beat Fatigue
In another article, we mentioned chia seeds among the 8 best foods to beat fatigue. Chia seeds’ fatigue-killing property comes from its rich nutrient content. Yet, the most effective nutrients –available in chia seed – against the fatigue are fibre, omega-3, magnesium and antioxidants.
Since these nutrients also exist in the oil form of chia seed, you can use this oil to beat fatigue.
You can either use chia seed oil as cooking oil or add on salads to beat fatigue.
4- Shiny Hair
Shiny hair does not only make a person look attractive, but also indicates that the person is healthy. Therefore, one has every right to desire to have shiny and strong hair.
There are zillions of products in the market that are allegedly perfect for hair health and appearance.
However, in reality, only a small number of these products can really contribute to hair health. As such, natural products are in huge demand for hair health.
According to Healthline; to get shiny hair, the hair should contain a sufficient amount of moisture. The good news is, with its high fatty acid content, chia seed oil can provide this hydration by penetrating your scalp.
5- May be Good For Brain
Throughout the article, we have talked about the nutrients that chia seed oil contain. However, we focused on chia seed oil’s omega-3 and omega-6 content relative to other nutrients.
The health benefits of these fatty acids ( omega- 3,6) are certain with multiple studies. Especially omega-3 is known to be indispensable for a healty brain.
Dr. Mcginnis who spoke to Harvard Health Publishing stated that;” omega-3 fats might promote healthier brain cells and provide less deterioration of the brain”.
Despite the fact that we aren’t able to provide any scientific study that suggests the chia seed oil can certainly promote brain health, we can say that this oil may be good for brain health and be effective against neurological disorders thanks to its omega-3 content.
Tarkan is an experienced health writer ( currently more than 600 articles ) and also the founder of this website namely www.neededforhealth.com. His expertise in health stems from in-depth medical research and knowledge which he obtained over the course of many years.
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