What are the benefits of chia seeds?

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Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Chia seeds provide many health benefits. Chia seeds are a good source of Omega 3 fats, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. They have been linked to possibly decreasing blood pressure and C-reactive protein which is an inflammation marker in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Chia seeds may also lower Total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, Triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. Since they are a good source of Tryptophan, they might also help with our sleep-wake cycle.
 
Natasha Turner, ND
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Chia seed is a gluten-free ancient grain that can be added to just about any food. On a per gram basis, chia seed is touted to be:
  • The highest source of omega-3s in nature with 65 per cent of its total fat from omega-3 fatty acids.
  • The highest source of fiber in nature -- 35 per cent (90 per cent of which is insoluble and 10 per cent of which is soluble).
  • Abundant in the minerals magnesium, potassium, folic acid, iron and calcium.
  • A complete source of all essential amino acids and bioavailable protein.
  • A great choice for a carbohydrate-conscious eater. The carbs found in chia seeds are mostly insoluble fiber, which means they have few calories and are terrific for digestion. And then there are the hormonal benefits: chia seed stabilizes blood sugar, manages the effects of diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity and aids symptoms related to metabolic syndrome, including imbalances in cholesterol, blood pressure and high blood sugar after meals. Chia seed is highly anti-inflammatory and reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a blood marker of inflammation. I recommend adding 1 - 2 tablespoons in your smoothies or on top of salads or entrees daily.
Wishing you perfect balance,

Dr. Natasha Turner
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Chia seeds are super high in soluble fiber, which, in addition to filling you up, has cholesterol-lowering properties and prevents the absorption of fat. For a hydrating beverage, try a chia seed cocktail. Add chia seeds, a slice of lemon, and a dash of honey to distilled water.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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