Açaí bowls have become increasingly popular, popping up all over social media. Often times they are topped with chia seeds. What may seem like little black seeds that get stuck in-between your teeth are actually a super powered boost to your health. Chia seeds have several unknown benefits that will inspire you to keep loading them up in your smoothie bowls.

They're a Natural Treatment for Diabetes

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Some studies have shown that chia seeds can help diabetics control their blood sugar levels. While there is still more research to be done, it's apparent that whole grains, like chia, benefit people with diabetes more than refined grains.

They're Full of Fiber

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Unlike other fiber-filled foods, chia seeds will give you a hearty dose of fiber without the bloating that comes with it. Plus, it's gluten-free so even those of you who are gluten-free can enjoy it.

They're a Great Source of Omega-3

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Chia seeds are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, they have even more omega-3 than flax seeds. Research has also shown that adding chia to chicken and cow feed increases the presence of omega-3 in their eggs and milk.

They Contain Tryptophan

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Tryptophan is an amino acid that produces serotonin, which ultimately benefits your mood and sleep, as well as helps fight anxiety. It's not produced by the body so it needs to be taken in through some part of your diet. That's where chia seeds come in, especially since they contain more than other seeds.

It Fulfills Recommended Daily Minerals

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Just two tablespoons of chia seeds fulfill percentages of your daily mineral intake with 18% of calcium, 24% magnesium, 35% phosphorus and 50% manganese. All of these nutrients help energy metabolism.

Its Protein and Fiber Help Control Hunger

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Chia seeds expand in liquid, which works to make you feel fuller faster. Reduced appetite can lead a decrease in unnecessary snacking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight overall.

They're Digested Easily

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Another advantage these seeds have over others is the fact they don't need to be ground up before being consumed. Chia seeds are super easy on your stomach and it doesn't take a lot for them to be digested.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. With all these health benefits, there's no reason you shouldn't be adding them to your meals left and right.