What are the health benefits of chia seed?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & 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
Used by the Aztecs as their main energy source, chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and protein and may decrease inflammation. Plus, many people claim that chia's fiber keeps them from overeating by making them feel fuller longer.
Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

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.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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 seed with omega-3 fatty acids--has among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food, some people claiming it even beats fresh blueberries. One small study showed that up to 24 grams of chia seed eaten in bread decreased the sharp blood sugar spike seen two hours after eating. Another study showed that chia lowers blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. My recommendation: two daily doses of about 20 grams of seeds each.
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