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What are the health benefits of chia seed?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Chia Pets may have no apparent purpose, but chia seed? Now, that's something to get excited about. Chia -- a harvested, unprocessed, nutty-tasting, nutrient-dense whole grain with omega-3 fatty acids -- has among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food, outdistancing even fresh blueberries. One study showed that 30 grams of chia seed taken with bread decreased the sharp blood sugar spike seen an hour after eating. Another study showed that chia lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart problems. My recommendation: two daily doses of about 20 grams of seeds each.
  • AStephen H. Atkins, PhD, Functional Medicine, answered
    Dr. Stephen Atkins - What are the health benefits of chia seed?

    The tiny little chia seed packs a powerful health punch, so if you don’t already eat chia seeds you might want to start. In this video, Dr. Stephen Atkins, an integrative medicine specialist, discusses the multitude of benefits associated with chia seeds.

  • AMarshelya Wilson, MD, Family Medicine, answered

    Chia seeds have received more attention recently because of their many health benefits. The seeds have some of the highest contents of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants found naturally, along with minerals. They also contain about 10 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons. In addition to reducing cravings by making you feel fuller, they also help increase energy, prevent blood sugar spikes, and promote improved digestion.

  • AVandana R. Sheth, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Some of the health benefits of Chia seeds include:

    • Decrease in blood pressure and c-reactive protein (an inflammation marker) in people who have Type 2 Diabetes
    • Decrease in Total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and Triglycerides
    • Increase in HDL (good) cholesterol
    • They might also help with our sleep-wake cycle
  • AAshley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Ashley Koff - What are the health benefits of chia seed?

    Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, but that's not all. In this video, registered dietitian Ashley Koff reveals another reason why she's a fan of chia seeds.

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  • ARealAge answered
    Used by the Aztecs as their main energy source, chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and protein and can help boost your energy and decrease inflammation. Plus, many people claim that chia's fiber keeps them from overeating by making them feel fuller longer.
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