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CHIA SEED
California Chia, Chia Sage

(Salvia Hispanica)


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  • Chia Seed Herbal Description
  • Chia Seed Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Chia Seed Dosage Information
  • Chia Seed Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Chia Seed Supplements & Products




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    CHIA SEED HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Chia Seed (Salvia hispanica) is also known as California Chia, California Sage, Chia Pet Seed, and Chia Sage.

    When we think of Chia seeds, invariably an image comes to mind of the Chia Pet - a clay figurine with Chia sprouts for hair. However, most of us do not realize that Chia seed is highly nutritious, medicinal, and it has been used for centuries for its beneficial properties. Chia was a staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. "Chia" is even the Mayan word for "strength", and Chia seeds used to be referred to as "Indian Running Food" because they are so energizing. Apache and Aztec warriors sustained themselves by bringing the seeds along while on conquests, Aztecs used Chia as a legal tender, Indians of the southwest depended upon them during long trading expeditions, and they were also used by the Indians and missionaries as a poultice for gunshot wounds and other injuries. Today, Chia seed is being rediscovered and embraced as a "superfood", and it is quickly becoming popular among nutritionists and herbalists alike.

    Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The 16th-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times; economic historians have suggested it was as important as maize as a food crop. Ground or whole chia seeds are still used in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

    Chia is an annual herb growing up to 5.7 feet tall, with opposite leaves that are 1.6 to 3.1 inches long and 1.2 to 2.0 inches wide. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem. Chia is hardy from USDA Zones 9 to 12. Many plants cultivated as Salvia hispanica are actually Salvia lavandulifolia.

    chia flower


    THE OMEGA ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS BENEFITS

    Chia is grown commercially for its seed, a food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since the seeds yield 25 to 30 percent extractable oil, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Of total fat, the composition of the oil can be 55 percent Omega-3, 18 percent Omega-6, 6 percent Omega-9, and 10 percent saturated fat. Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 0.039 inch. They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white. The seeds are hydrophilic, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. While soaking, the seeds develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating that gives chia-based beverages a distinctive texture.

    Chia seed is traditionally consumed in Mexico, and the southwestern United States, but is not widely known in Europe. Chia (or chian or chien) has mostly been identified as Salvia hispanica L. Today, chia is grown commercially in its native Mexico, and in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Australia. In 2008, Australia was the world's largest producer of chia. A similar species, Salvia columbariae or golden chia, is used in the same way but is not grown commercially for food. Salvia hispanica seed is marketed most often under it's common name "chia", but also under several trademarks.

    Chia seed oil is a naturally vegan health food that has many positive properties. The oil comes from the Chia seed, commonly used on the novelty item, the "Chia Pet". It has tremendous nutritional value for those who choose to eat the seeds or drink the oil that comes from the seeds. Chia seed has been known for its healthful properties for centuries, when it was used as a staple food by Native Americans of the Mexico and the American Southwest. It was used by the ancient Aztecs as a high energy endurance food when natives needed to travel long distances on very little food.

    Vegan Chia seed can be used as a unique part of any dietary plan. Chia seed helps build muscles and other tissues and is known to aid in human digestion. One of the best properties of Vegan Chia seed is that it contains a high amount of oil. In fact, it is known to be the richest vegan source for the essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid. Chia Seed contains up to three to ten times the omega-3 content of most normal grains and contains at least twice the content of protein in most grains. Omega-3 oil, along with other essential fatty acids, help absorb fat soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E and K. Vegan Chia seed oil is also found to be an excellent source of linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid the body cannot manufacture on its own. Unsaturated fatty acids are important for the respiratory process of vital organs and help make it easier for oxygen to be transported by the blood stream to all organs, tissues and cells. These essential fatty acids aid in the maintenance and lubrication of all the body's cells and are able to combine with cholesterol and proteins to form the membranes that make up the structure of our cells.

    Chia seed oil and the omega-3 fatty acids found within it are helpful to maintain our glandular activity, especially the activity of the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands. They supply nutrition to the skin cells and are important in the maintenance of healthy mucus membranes. In addition, they nourish the nerves. These unsaturated fatty acids cooperate with vitamin D in allowing calcium to become available to the body, helping phosphorus as well, and promoting the conversion of carotene into vitamin A. Fatty acids help to achieve the normal function of the reproductive system as well.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a positive health claim with regard to omega-3 fatty acids, stating that there exists supportive but not conclusive data which reveals that consuming omega-3 fatty acids helps reduce the risk of heart disease in those who consume it regularly.





    CHIA SEED USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    THE CHIA PET

    In the United States, the first substantial wave of Chia Seed sales were tied to Chia Pets in the 1980s. These "pets" come in the form of clay figures that serve as a base for a sticky paste of chia seeds; the figures are then watered and the seeds sprout in a form suggesting the figure's fur. About 500,000 chia pets a year are sold in the US as novelties or house plants. Today, as of 2014, you will still see occasional television commercials and catalogs with Chia figurines.

    CHIA SEEDS - THE NEW SUPERFOOD

    Touted as being the new 'superfood', Chia seeds are high in easily digestible protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. Chia seeds readily dissolve into the water, creating a substance that looks like gelatin. This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia seed. Chia seed has hydrophilic properties, and can absorb more than 12 times its weigh in water.

    The people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment. These mighty non-gluten seeds, packed with Omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants, and fiber, are making a strong comeback in the 21st century. Nutiva offers both black and white chia seeds - the main difference being visual, with the white seeds preferred for some baking recipes. Enjoy them in yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, or smoothies. No need to grind chia. Soak 2 tablespoons of Chia Seed for 5 to 10 minutes in 6 ounces of water to produce a nutritious chia gel that can be added to hundreds of recipes.

    Salvia Hispanic one of the richest whole food sources of omega-3 and fiber in nature. Oil from chia has the highest proportion of omega-3 fatty acids of any plant known. Chia has 8 times more Omega-3's than fish oil without the strong taste. The most widely known and accepted benefit of the omega-3 fatty acid consumption is its link to improved cardiovascular health. From all indication and research, Chia works just as well as fish oil when it comes to lowering levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol while raising beneficial HDL cholesterol.

    Chia is a sustainable and environmentally friendly product. The high oil content of its leaves acts as an extremely potent insect repellent and eliminates the need from pesticides being used to protect the crop. The use of chia as an omega-3 source prevents depletion of natural fish stocks and also eliminates concerns about the accumulation of toxins such as dioxin and mercury that may accumulate in fish and fish products. Solvent extraction and artificial preservatives are not needed when chia seed is used in human or animal diets. This is another advantage compared to omega-3 sources such as algae.

    CHIA SEED FOOD USES & NUTRITION

    In 2009, the European Union approved chia seeds as a novel food, allowing up to 5 percent of a bread product's total matter. Chia seeds may be added to other foods as a topping or put into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, yogurt, made into a gelatin-like substance, or consumed raw. According to the USDA, a one ounce (28 gram) serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese. These nutrient values are similar to other edible seeds, such as flax or sesame.

    CHIA SEEDS NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS
    Salvia hispanica, Dried

    Nutrition Value Per 100 Grams (3.5 Ounces)
    (Source: USDA National Nutrient Data Base)
    Principle
    Nutrient Value
    Percentage of RDA
         Energy      490 Kcal (2,052 kJ)      24%
         Carbohydrates      43.8 g      15%
         Protein      15.6 g      31%
         Total Fat      30.8 g      47%
         Saturated      3.2 g      16%
         Monounsaturated      2.1 g       -
         Polyunsaturated      23.3 g       -
         Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids      17552 mg       -
         Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids      5785 mg       -
         Sugars      0 g       -
         Dietary Fiber      37.7 g      151%
    Vitamins
    Nutrient Value
    Percentage of RDA
         Vitamin A Equivalent      54 µg      7%
         Folates (B-9)      49 µg      12%
         Vitamin B-6      0 mg       -
         Pantothenic Acid (B-5)      0 mg       -
         Niacin (B-3)      8.83 mg      59%
         Riboflavin (B-2)      0.17 mg      14%
         Thiamin (B-1)      0.62 mg      59%
         Vitamin C      1.6 mg      2%
         Vitamin E      0.5 mg      3%
    Electrolytes
    Nutrient Value
    Percentage of RDA
         Sodium      19.0 mg      1%
         Potassium      407 mg      9%
    Minerals
    Nutrient Value
    Percentage of RDA
         Calcium      631 mg      63%
         Fluoride      0 µg       -
         Iron      7.72 mg      59%
         Magnesium      335 mg      94%
         Manganese      2.723 mg      130%
         Phosphorus      948 mg      95%
         Zinc      4.58 mg      48%
    UNITS
    µg = Micrograms
    mg = Milligrams
    IU = International Units

    Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
    Source: USDA Nutrient Database


    CHIA SEED HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Weight Loss: Chia seeds are very filling so you are not likely to overeat if you include them in your diet.
  • Reduce Fat Intake: Chia Seeds reduce your appetite so you are less likely to consume fatty foods.
  • Balance Blood Sugar: Regularly consuming Chia Seeds can help keep your blood sugar level so you can avoid rapid highs and lows that can cause sluggishness.
  • Prevent Diverticulosis: Chia Seeds have plenty of water soluble fiber that can help to ensure that harmful diverticuli do not become trapped in the digestive system.
  • Boost Omega-3 Oil Absorption: Chia Seeds have an ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio that is perfect for ensuring that your body will absorb omega-3 fatty acids properly.
  • Boost Energy: Chia seeds were used by the Mayans and Aztecs as an energy boosting food and the trend continues today.
  • Fight Aging: Chia seeds help you to maintain your overall health so you are less susceptible to developing signs of aging.


  • ELEVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS

    1. Chia Seeds deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. Chia Seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to the mint. This plant grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. Chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognized as a modern day superfood. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. Do not be fooled by the size of the seed, these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. A one ounce of the seeds, contains approximately 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5 of which are Omega-3s), 18 percent RDA of Calcium, 30 percent RDA of Manganese, 30 percent RDA of Magnesium, and 27 percent RDA of Phosphorus. They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B-3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin) and Vitamin B-2. This is particularly impressive when you consider that this is just a single ounce, which supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrates. One ounce equals 28 grams, or about 2 tablespoons of seeds. If you subtract the fiber, which may not end up as usable calories for the body, Chia Seeds only contain 101 calories per ounce. This makes them one of the world's best sources of several important nutrients, calorie for calorie. Chia seeds are a whole grain food, are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and are naturally free of gluten.

    2. Chia Seeds are loaded with antioxidants. Another area where Chia Seeds shine is in their high amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the sensitive fats in the seeds from going rancid. Although antioxidant supplements are not very effective, getting antioxidants from foods can have positive effects on health. Most importantly, antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer. There are some claims online about chia seeds having more antioxidants than blueberries, but finding a study to verify this claim was not possible at this time.

    3. Almost all the carbohydrates in Chia Seeds are fiber. Looking at the nutrition profile of Chia Seeds, you see that an ounce has 12 grams of carbohydrates. However, 11 of those grams are fiber, which is not digested by the body. Fiber does not raise blood sugar, does not require insulin to be disposed of and therefore should not count as a carb. The true carb content is only 1 gram per ounce, which is very low. This makes chia a low-carb friendly food. Because of all the fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 10 to 12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach. Theoretically, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you automatically eat fewer calories. Fiber also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which is important because keeping your intestinal bacteria well fed is absolutely crucial for health. Chia Seeds are 40 percent fiber, by weight. This makes them one of the best sources of fiber in the world.

    4. Chia Seeds are high in quality protein. By weight, they are about 14 percent protein, which is very high compared to most plants. They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids, so our bodies should be able to make use of the protein in them. Protein has all sorts of benefits for health. It is also the most weight loss friendly nutrient in the diet, by far. A high protein intake reduces appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60 percent and the desire for night time snacking by 50 percent. Chia seeds really are an excellent protein source, especially for people who eat little or no animal products. Chia seeds are much higher quality protein than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.

    5. Due to the high fiber and protein content, Chia Seeds should be able to help with weight loss. Many health experts believe that Chia Seeds can help with weight loss. The fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food. There have been several studies on glucomannan, a fiber that works in a similar way, showing that it can lead to weight loss. Then the protein in chia seeds could help to reduce appetite and food intake. Unfortunately, when the effects of Chia Seeds on weight loss have been studied, the results have been rather disappointing. Although one study showed that Chia Seeds can reduce appetite, there was no significant effect on body weight. In a study on 90 overweight people, 50 grams of chia seeds per day for 12 weeks had no effect on body weight or health markers. In another 10 week study of 62 women, chia seeds had no effect on bodyweight but did increase the amount of Omega-3s in the blood. Although just adding Chia Seeds to your diet is unlikely to affect your weight, they can still be a useful addition. A weight loss diet is about more than just adding or subtracting single foods. The entire diet counts, as well as other lifestyle behaviors like sleep and exercise. When combined with a real food based diet and a healthy lifestyle, Chia Seeds could help with weight loss. Chia Seeds are high in protein and fiber, both of which have been shown to aid weight loss.

    6. Chia Seeds are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Like Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Chia Seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram. It is important to keep in mind that the Omega-3s in them are mostly ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid), which is not as beneficial as you may think. ALA needs to converted into the "active" forms, EPA and DHA, before it can be used by the body. Unfortunately, humans are inefficient at converting ALA into the active forms. Therefore, plant Omega-3s tend to be vastly inferior to animal sources like fish. Studies have shown that chia seeds (especially if they are milled) can increase blood levels of ALA and EPA, but not DHA, which is a problem. Because they do not supply any DHA (the most important Omega-3 fat), Chia Seeds may be overrated as an Omega-3 source. In order to get the DHA your body and brain need, either eat fatty fish regularly, take fish oil, or take a DHA supplement if you are vegan or vegetarian. Chia Seeds are very high in the Omega-3 fatty acid ALA. However, humans are not good at converting this into DHA, the most important Omega-3 fatty acid.

    7. Chia Seeds may improve certain blood markers, which should lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Given that Chia Seeds are high in fiber, protein and Omega-3s, they should be able to improve metabolic health. This has been tested in several studies, but the results have been inconclusive. In two studies, a diet with chia seeds, soy protein, oats and nopal, has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, increase HDL cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Because these studies also used other ingredients, nothing can be concluded about the Chia Seeds themselves. Rat studies have also shown that Chia Seeds can lower triglycerides, raise HDL (the "good") cholesterol and reduce inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat. However, a study that looked at just Chia Seeds did not note any improvements. Overall, it is possible that chia seeds can improve these risk factors, but probably would not have a major effect unless followed by other beneficial changes in the diet. The effects on cholesterol levels and other risk factors is inconclusive. Some studies show an effect, others do not.

    8. Chia Seeds are high in many important bone nutrients. Chia Seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health. This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. The calcium content is particularly impressive with about 18 percent of the RDA in a single ounce. Gram for gram, this is higher than most dairy products. Chia seeds may be considered an excellent source of calcium for people who do not eat dairy.

    9. Chia Seeds can cause major improvements in Type 2 diabetes. The most successful application of Chia Seeds to date was in a study on Type 2 diabetic patients. In this study, 20 diabetic patients received either 37 grams of chia seeds, or 37 grams of wheat bran, for 12 weeks. When they got the Chia Seeds, they saw improvements in several important health markers. Blood pressure went down by 3 to 6 mm/Hg and an inflammatory marker called hs-CRP went down by 40 percent. A risk factor called vWF also decreased by 21 percent. There was also a small drop in blood sugar, but it was not statistically significant. Given that chia seeds are high in fiber, it does seem plausible that they could help reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, but this needs to be confirmed in studies.

    10. Chia Seeds can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink. Legend has it that the Aztecs and Mayans used Chia Seeds to fuel performance back in the day. There is one recent study suggesting that this may be effective in which 6 participants "carb loaded" with either gatorade, or a mix of half gatorade and half Chia Seeds. Then they ran for an hour on a treadmill, followed by a timed 10 kilometer long run. There was no difference between the two groups. In other words, replacing half of the gatorade with chia seeds did not reduce the performance of the athletes, indicating that Chia Seeds were of some use. According to this study, Chia Seeds can help athletes "carb load" for endurance events, while increasing their intake of nutrients and decreasing their intake of sugar. There should be larger studies on this given that most of the carbohydrates in Chia Seeds are fiber. Logically, it does not make much sense that they could be used for carb loading. One small study shows that Chia Seeds can partly replace a sports drink as a way of adding carbs for endurance athletes, but this needs to be studied more.

    11. Chia Seeds are easy to incorporate into your diet. The seeds taste rather bland, so you can add them to almost anything without disrupting a flavor profile in the base food. They do not need to be ground like flax seeds, which make them much easier to prepare. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridges and puddings, or added to baked goods. You can also sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes. Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and even used as egg substitutes in recipes. They can also be mixed with water and turned into a gel. Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost the nutritional value. They do seem to be well tolerated, however if you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, then there is a possibility of digestive side effects if you eat too much of them at a time. Start slowly and increase as your body adjusts to the extra fiber. A common dosage recommendation is 20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds, twice per day.

    RESEARCH

    Although preliminary research indicates potential for health benefits from consuming chia seeds, this work remains sparse and inconclusive. One pilot study found that 10 weeks ingestion of 25 grams per day of milled chia seeds, compared to intact seeds, produced higher blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, an omega-3 long-chain fatty acid considered good for the heart, while having no effect on inflammation or disease risk factors.





    CHIA SEED DOSAGE INFORMATION

    In general there are no restrictions on how much chia you can consume each day but it is unnecessary to consume more than 50 grams or three tablespoons of seeds daily. The amount of seeds you need to consume will vary based whether you are hoping to increase your intake of fiber, calcium or omega-3s. For example, those that consume 30 grams or two tablespoons of chia seeds will fulfill their daily requirement of omega-3s. Confirm the following dosages with your health care provider and do not stray from the agreed dosage.

    AVERAGE DOSAGE SUGGESTIONS

  • Adults may consume two tablespoons or 15 grams of chia seeds per day.
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 18 may consume 1.4 to 4.3 grams of Chia Seeds each day.
  • Children under 10 should not consume more than a tablespoon of chia seeds.
  • Those using chia seeds for cardiovascular shielding may take 33 to 41 grams of blended seeds daily for three months.


  • Chia Seed constituents are essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30-percent protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants.

    The seeds are eaten raw, cooked or sprouted. One to four tablespoons of the raw seeds may be used per day, mixing them into water, juice, or a smoothie. Chia Seeds can be ground into a powder and added to smoothies, used in baking or cooking, or substituted for Flaxseeds in recipes. They have a pleasant nutty flavor. The sprouted seeds can be added to salads and sandwiches.

    CHIA SEED GEL

    One of the most common ways to consume Chia Seeds is to make a Chia gel. Place 1/3 cup of Chia Seed into a sealable container. Add two cups of water and whisk briskly. Let the mixture sit for five to ten minutes, and then whisk again before placing into the refrigerator. The mixture will turn into a gel, and will last up to three weeks if refrigerated. The recommended dosage is three tablespoons three times per day, and the gel may be incorporated into am, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or any other foods for consumption. One pound of Chia seeds will make approximately 24 cups of gel, which will last over a month if consumed at the recommended amount of three tablespoons of gel three times per day.

    chia seed gel


    HEALTHY CHIA SEEDS RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

  • Chia Gel. A teaspoon of soaked Chia Seed can be made into approximately ten tablespoons of chia gel. This added volume slows down the release of the nutrients to help you feel full for a longer period of time. Allowing two tablespoons of Chia Seeds to steep for 20 minutes in a cup of water will provide an adequate supply of Chia for several days. Combining this gel with equal parts juice will make it more palatable.

  • Homemade Pudding. Combine a half cup Chia Seeds, two cups Coconut Milk or other Milk, 2 to 3 tablespoons Cocoa powder to taste, a tablespoon sweetener of choice and a teaspoon Vanilla in a blender. Blend the mixture until it is smooth and allow the mixture to thicken in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  • Chicken Soup or Gravies. Adding chia flour to soup or gravy will provide a healthier thickening agent than standard white flour.

  • Crackers. Mix chia with equal parts Coconut Milk, Sea Salt and Garlic powder then bake at a low temperature for a few hours until they are solid.

  • Salads. Adding Chia Seeds to water, rinsing off the water and replacing it with fresh water every 12 hours for a few days will allow you to grow sprouts which can be added to salads.

  • Chia Tea. Combining a few tablespoons of Chia Seeds to steep in hot water will create an energizing tea. Sweeten with Coconut Milk or your sweetener of choice.





  • CHIA SEED SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    There is currently no evidence of adverse effects of whole or ground Chia seeds. As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision.

    SIDE EFFECTS

  • Chia Seeds may lower blood pressure to a level that is unsafe, particularly in older patients.
  • Chia Seeds may contribute to thinning blood. While omega-3 fatty acids can provide important dietary benefits they can also thin the blood. Those that are using aspirin, blood thinners or have an upcoming surgery should avoid using Chia Seeds to make sure the blood does not become too thin.
  • Chia Seeds may cause gas and bloating. Chia is 25 percent fiber which can cause some users to experience bloating or excess gas.
  • Chia Seeds may result in an allergy reaction. Those that are allergic to mustard or sesame seeds may also have an allergic reaction to Chia Seeds.
  • Chia Seeds may increase prostate cancer risks, A 2004 study indicated that consuming Chia Seeds increases a manís risk of developing prostate cancer.


  • PRECAUTIONS

    Some people have been found to become addicted to Chia Seeds. To avoid this, consume the seeds in short phases, taking break periods between uses. There have not been adequate studies to determine the effects of Chia Seeds on those that are pregnant or lactating. These groups should avoid Chia Seeds to reduce any potential dangers. Because Chia contains a high amount of vitamin B-17 (also known as amygdalin), consuming these seeds while taking a supplement that contains this vitamin can lead to a phytonutrient overdose.





    CHIA SEED HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

  • Chia Seed Herbal Products


  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    CHIA SEED HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Chia seed was a nutritional staple originally cultivated by the Aztecs, who ate it for nourishment, energy and physical stamina. Today, Chia is recognized as one of the most nutritious plant foods on Earth. The seeds contain a rare combination of nutrients which provide nutritive support for overall health, weight management and endurance. Recent tests have revealed that the lignan content of Raw Chia Seed is surprisingly similar to flaxseed, which is generally regarded as the most abundant plant source of these beneficial phyto-nutrients. Raw chia seed is a gluten-free source of fiber and provides omega-3, plant lignans and a complete source of protein. The antioxidant activity found in chia is comparable to fresh blueberries on a gram for gram basis. With its ability to absorb water, chia also promotes hydration and a feeling of satiety. Enjoy the light texture and mild flavor of raw chia seed by sprinkling it on your favorite hot or cold foods, or stir into a beverage of your choice.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Chia Seed (Salvia hispanica), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood By Beverly Lynn Bennett
    Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood was written by one of our favorite vegan chefs, Beverly Lynn Bennett. Grown as a staple crop for centuries in North, Central, and South America, Chia Seeds were highly prized by Aztec warriors and athletes for the sustained energy they provided. An excellent source of low-fat, plant-based protein and both soluble and insoluble fiber, Chia Seeds also contain eight times the amount of essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in salmon. You will find more than 25 recipes ranging from desserts, snacks, and beverages to casseroles, soups, salads, and breakfast dishes; all showing how easy and delicious it can be to add these minuscule marvels to your daily diet. Softcover (63 Pages).


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Chia Seed, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz.
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    HerbsPro: Raw Chia Seed, Health From The Sun, 16 oz. (109566)
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    Kalyx: Ground Chia Seed, Xiomega3, Vegan, 10 oz: HF
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    Kalyx: Chia Seeds, Certified Organic, Nutiva Organic, 12 oz: K
    Kalyx: White Chia Seed, Nutiva Organic, 12: HF
    Kalyx: Milled Chia Seeds, Nutiva Organic, 14 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Chia Sprouting Seed, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Whole, Frontier, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Whole, Certified Organic, Frontier, 1 lb. package: K
    Use them in breads and cakes, pancakes and smoothies, grain dishes and pasta dishes. Sprinkle them on oatmeal, salads, yogurt, or steamed veggies. You can even combine them with water to make a gel for sauces and dressings.
    Kalyx: White Chia Seeds, Healthy Origins, 16 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Whole, Bobs Red Mill, 16 oz. (Case of 4): GR
    Chia seeds contain a wealth of fiber, five grams in just one tablespoon. The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds goes well with both sweet and savory dishes. Use it in puddings and smoothies, sprinkle on top of porridge and salads or add to baked goods in place of flaxseed meal or poppy seeds. No matter the dish, you can increase the nutritional value of any meal with a sprinkle of chia seed. Each case consists of four 16-ounce bags.
    Kalyx: White Chia Seed, Xiomega3, Vegan, Gluten Free, 16 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Whole Chia Seed, Xiomega3, Gluten Free, Vegan, 16 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs.): EB
    Kalyx: Chia Seeds, Dutch Valley, 5 lbs: GR
    These Chia seeds are extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Chia seeds can be eaten raw and can also be ground for use in baked goods such as breads, cakes and muffins. Each case consists of five pounds.
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Oil, Deva Vegan, 90 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Chia Seed Oil, Xiomega3, 90 Softgels : HF
    Nature's riches source of omega-3, with its high content of essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6, chia seeds can normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while helping promote a healthy heart and healthy blood vessels. Chia Seed Oil also promotes efficient nerve transmission, improving brainpower and preventing cognitive decline. Each serving has 900 mg of Omega-3 (ALA) No fishy aftertaste, naturally extracted, no chemical or solvent residue.


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