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What are the health benefits of chia seed?

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  • A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of

    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
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  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), 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.
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  • A , 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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  • A answered
    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.
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