Can Chia Seeds Help You Run Longer and Faster?

Can Chia Seeds Help You Run Longer and Faster

Chia seeds have been very popular the past few years and have been touted the superfoods of modern days. A lot of health conscious people and athletes have been buying them from supermarkets. Athletes swear by them and say that chia seeds give them more nutrients and help them perform better. So, for runners, can chia seeds help you run longer and faster?

What Exactly Is Chia?

Chia seeds are edible seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, it is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to South America. Chia seeds are sometimes referred to as ‘the running food’ because of how they supposedly give you more stamina and hydration during runs.

Do you remember the Tarahumara people in this book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall which I reviewed a few weeks back? You can click here to read a review if you missed it. The Tarahumara people are said to run from settlements to settlements with this drink of water mixed with chia seeds. This drink was thought to be the main energy source of why they can run such a long distance without tiring.

Nutrients Of Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds contain a huge amount of nutrients with very few calories, which explains why it is so popular for modern people who are more health conscious.  

Chia seeds are a whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds. One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat (some are omega-3), 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, not forgetting zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.

Wow, that is a mouthful of nutrients for something so small, fascinating isn’t it?

How To Eat Chia Seeds?

Chia Seeds are almost tasteless, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular because it can be easily added to other food and you probably won’t even notice them. Many people like to mix chia seeds into part of their breakfast because it is very simple. In fact, there are many recipes online that you can find if you are interested to add chia seeds into your diet.

Below are some easy recipes for you to try.

Oatmeals – Adding chia seeds to oatmeal is one very easy way of eating them. Simply add in a two tablespoon of chia seeds, stir and you are ready to go.

Yoghurt – Chia seeds can make a great yoghurt topping. Adding in some chia seeds can give your yoghurt a bit of texture.

Milkshake – One of my favourite recipes! Chia seeds in milkshakes can give them a smooth, rich texture that you can be tempted to add them to all milkshakes you make.

Chia Seeds Yoghurt

Conclusion

Chia seeds can offer runners a healthy dose of stamina and endurance. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the risk of exercise-induced muscle damage that is very common among runners.

Can chia seeds help you run longer and faster? Give these chia seeds recipes a go and see if they really work. Share with us your experiences with chia seeds and comment below if you have any awesome recipes to share with us!

Cheers and Start Running Today

Will

 

 

18 Comment

  1. Dave says: Reply

    Interesting article about these seeds, personally I have no idea how effective these seeds are but I would love to know other people’s findings.
    I have been a runner for 8 years, first starting with http://www.parkrun.com locally and then going straight to a Half Marathon.
    I’m VERY competitive, just with myself and I just love getting PB’s – I don’t usually use anything except water or energy drinks but would definitely try these seeds if you get good feedback on them.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dave

      Thanks for the feedback. Wow, you are a very competitive runner, which is awesome in a good way. Yes, I would love to hear more from others as well about these Chia Seeds.

  2. Linda says: Reply

    Awesome! I was just informing a client about the benefits of chia seeds for staying hydrated during the day. This is spot on nutritional advice for runners. Will advise my running clients of this as well!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Linda

      Thank you for the kind words, good to know that someone else has tried Chia Seeds and it’s good for them.

  3. Dan says: Reply

    Interesting story about the Tarahumara people! I wonder if the chia seeds really were their source of energy for long runs. I’ve all the hype about chia seeds, maybe i’ll buy some and see how I feel!
    Love the recipes by the way

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dan

      Yes, from what I read, that is really their main source of energy for long runs. Plus they are really somehow built for running since they have been running since forever.

  4. I seriously did not know this. I like how they are pretty much tasteless but you can still reap the benefits. Are these only available to buy in Asia? I am in Malaysia and I am sure we can get them here.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Craig

      Chia Seeds are fairly popular worldwide for the last couple of years! I believe they are readily everywhere in all supermarkets.

  5. Johan says: Reply

    As a vegan, I am absolutely in love with chia seeds!

    This article was very informative and a good read.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Johan

      Thank you for the support! Please drop by again.

  6. Hi Will =)

    I have been consuming chia seeds for quite a while now and I definitely feel that they are boosting my energy.

    You can never underestimate the power of Chia seeds =)

    Great post – thank you!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Lawerence

      Wow, this is good to hear. I only recently started taking Chia Seeds but it feels like my stamina has improved as well.

  7. Sumudu says: Reply

    I read about Chia seeds a while back. I think I may try this out and see if it boosts my energy too.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Sumudu

      Yes, Chia seeds are really useful, at least for me when it comes to boosting my energy.

  8. James says: Reply

    Hi Long,
    I’m a swimmer. It seems like this would also benefit me in the same way it benefits runners.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi James

      Yes, it would definitely benefit most athletes!

  9. Arthur Siew says: Reply

    I had Chia seeds a lot and I love them. Always I have in my yogurt and home-made icecream

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Arthur

      Home-made ice cream + chia seeds sound like a perfect combination. Thanks for sharing!

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