Last Modified on Jun 02, 2015
Chia seeds are a tiny superfood that packs a lot of punch in a little package. These seeds have seen an increase in consumer awareness in the last several years for good reason. These tiny seeds are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats as well as fiber and are a healthful component of any diet or treatment plan.
What are Chia Seeds?
Taken from a flowering plant in the mint family, the chia plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Largely unknown to North America and other parts of the world until just 30 years ago, the chia seed was introduced to these regions by Wayne Coates.
Since its introduction, chia seeds have been lauded for their unique health benefits. An unprocessed, whole-grain food, chia seeds are effectively absorbed by the body and are a concentrated food that contains a variety of healthful properties. Chia seeds contain a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. The seeds are also host to a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Health Benefits of Chia
While the seeds are often added to foods and beverages including cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice and yogurt, the seeds are good for more than just their mild, nutty flavor. Chia seeds are a beneficial addition to the diet for a number of reasons.
Aside from a healthy dose of omega-3 fats, the seeds also contain 11 grams of dietary fiber per one ounce serving. The seeds also possess a high concentration of calcium, supporting bone and oral health, as well as manganese for strong bones and muscles. A good source of vegetarian protein, the seeds also help individuals feel full faster and longer.
These little seeds are also an effective health treatment. Chia seeds contain phosphorus, which helps synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair. The seeds are also effective for aiding in weight loss, regulating blood sugar, boosting energy and maintaining heart health.
More than just an infamous novelty, chia seeds are an effective treatment that supports health in a variety of ways.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I started taking chia seeds last fall. I am a diabetic and took 3 tbls in 6 oz of water, with a little lime juice. I made it the night before, put in the fridge, and have a light, tasty breakfast. I can tell you, that after about 3 weeks, my fasting blood sugar was getting steadily lower. I have since cut back on my insulin, and I am also losing weight, perhaps because now I have the energy to get out and walk 30 min. 3-4 times per week. I don't know if this progress will continue, but I sure hope so.
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River Edge, Nj
After reading about chia seed, I purchased a lb bag of them for the omegas. I couldn't believe the vitamins, minerals and amino acid complex in these little seeds. After 2 weeks, I noticed my energy level increasing and I didn't have my usual sugar cravings in the afternoon. My anxiety started going away and I started walking more. It has been almost 2 months and I couldn't be happier with how much better I am feeling. I put a tablespoon of chia in a glass of water about half full then add a little cranberry juice, let it sit a minute, stir it with a spoon and drink this down twice a day. It's a whole food that is loaded with good things.
I have only just found out about these and I think I am going to get some and give them a go. There appears to be a difference in them according to the country they are grown in but on the whole they should be the same. I would love to get rid of some weight along with aches and pains.
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Hello, I have heard that some 2004 study concluded that Chia seed puts males at a higher risk of prostate cancer if consumed on a regular basis. I also have heard that Chia seed is a "superfood" that has a ton of vitamins/minerals and is wonderful for our health.
Is Chia seed good or bad for prostate health?.. And also general health too?
I have taken it and it has worked wonders for my mood and energy.
I just got my 2-pound bag today (bought off of amazon)... I need the energy to do some weight lifting and exercise in general... I don't really need to lose weight, but if they can keep me away from eating little bits of junk in the evening, that would be excellent. I'll be sure to post.
I make a lentil soup with the chia seeds in it. It thickens the soup, and is an easy way to eat them. I don't like the gel plain. Yuck.
[YEA] I'm a big fan of Chia Seeds! They are a great source of plant-based Omega-3's, and fiber.Plus, they are a very simple and easy to use supplement. The gel they create when you mix them in water (1 part seeds to 9 parts water) is loaded with fiber, and some people use this gel to aid in weight loss. The gel can be made and stored in the refridgerator for, I think, up to a week. I like to make a little chia gel each morning and add to my smoothie.
[YEA] i have been taking 2 tablespoons of chia seeds daily in my smoothies. so far i have noticed that it definitely keeps me fuller longer. it is too soon to say but i also think it is helping keep my blood sugar stable. and i love how they taste in smoothies and juices.
[YEA] I noted it's effects mostly when I first added it to my diet. (increased energy) It is a regular addition to my morning cereal, sometimes adding both ground flax and Chia. One noticeable quality is how I can go the day without feeling hungry.
[YEA] I have been taking 2tbs of Chia daily for close to two years and would not go a day without it. Be careful where you buy it from, for the price per pound ranges from $6 to about $37 and a pound will last approx one month. The $6 per pound is the one you want to buy, that way you don't have to pay a companies advertising cost! The seeds come in two different colors; black and white. There are some that claim there is a huge difference, but they are almost identical. I frequent this site often and have been amazed that chia has not been raved about.
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[YEA] Chia seed is the great regulator of all time! It helped with my constipation, as well as my friend's chronic diarrhea.
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Port Charlotte, Fl
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I have been reading up on the Chia seeds. I have not seen any posts on this website about this seed. It sounds like a very good energizer plus other health benefits. Has anyone used it and had positive results?
EC: Thank you for the suggestion - these seeds sound interesting!
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River John, Nova Scotia
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Twentynine Palms, Ca, Usa
[YEA] My Naturopath friend suggested to a partner that he take chia as prep for knee-replacement surgery.
He found the nurse aghast at his omega-3 levels being off the chart prior to surgery. His Dr's were amazed at his rate of healing...at least twice as fast as considered 'normal'
I believe he ingested 3 tbsp daily for a couple weeks ahead of the surgery; an extreme amount to be sure.
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Guildford, Victoria, Australia
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Durban, South Africa
So, my bum has really been hurting. I sit at a desk all day and it just goes numb. What can I do? All I can do is cry, because nothing seems to work. I heard if you put chia seeds in your underwear it helps? Has anyone else heard this?
Thanks, My Bum Hurts.
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San Juan, Tx
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[YEA] I LOVE Chia! I have learned a couple of things about chia over the past two weeks from personal use. I have gentle, but persistant energy through out the day even to the point that if I drink chia past two or three in the afternoon I cannot get to sleep on time. The other benefit is that when I do sleep - I sleep very well, deep, solid sleep! Chia is a fun, playful experience to drink in my iced tea or water. People at work ask about it and of course I gladly share the benefits. Go Chia!
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