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.
(Durban, South Africa)
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!
Salba is just Chia seeds...in my opinion just sales hype and over priced...you should be able to pick up quality Chia for around $16 per pound. It has been a great addition to my morning cereal etc. and seems to sustain me through the day. It's effects were most notable when I first tried it...and diminished since. (a natural law) Unlike flax the omegas are available even without grinding...
Which Kind to Use
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.