Tuesday, August 28, 2007

What Do You Know About Chia Seeds?

Did you know that high quality, organically grown chia seed are nutritionally superior over flax seeds? They are actually considered one of our great superfoods! Unlike flax, chia seeds do not have to be ground before consumption. Chia seeds are among the richest sources of the heart-healthy Omega fatty acids as well as full of antioxidants. Chia seeds can be eaten plain or mixed in foods without altering the flavor. Though chia seeds are very small, don't underestimate how nutritionally beneficial they are!

Dr. Andrew Weil said “…these healthful, edible seeds are a better source of omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseed (the fats protect against inflammation and heart disease). Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows in southern Mexico… Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid and don't require grinding (whole flaxseed is tough to digest). Chia provides fiber (about 2 tablespoons--25 g--give you 7 g of fiber) as well as other important nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc… In a preliminary study from the University of Toronto, researchers fed 21 diabetics either a supplement made from chia or grains with similar fiber content. After 3 months, blood pressure in patients taking chia dropped (10 points diastolic, 5 points systolic) while the grain group's BP remained steady…”

So if you aren't eating chia seeds on a regular basis, maybe its time you gave them a try. Though hard to find sometimes in the shopping arena, there are several great Internet sources. Enjoy the great benefits of Chia!

For your best health,
Erleen Tilton

No comments: