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Chia Pet: The Gift of Health

Chia Pet: The Gift of Health

Did some goofball friend give you one of those Chia Pets for Christmas? Perhaps she was thinking about your health.

The truth is, chia seeds are actually good for you -- we're talking really good for you! In fact, they just may be one of the healthiest things around. Here's why:

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chock-Full of Nutrition
Nutty-tasting whole-grain chia seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, and they have among the highest antioxidant activity of any whole food -- even more than fresh blueberries. And they do good stuff for the body, like keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control.

Get the Good Stuff
The chia seeds you get in a Chia Pet have not been approved as food by the FDA, so get yours from a health-food store, or order some online. RealAge recommends two daily doses of about 20 grams each (a total of 1.5 ounces).

Medically reviewed in March 2019.

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