Monday, September 25, 2006

Chia Seeds

Pretty much everyone who is interested in their health knows all about the benefits of flax seeds but what about chia seeds? Anyone using them?

From what I have been reading, though a touch higher in carbohydrates chia seeds are very similar to flax seeds but much, much better!

Heres some of the benefits that I have been reading about:

  • Richest plant source in Omega 3.
  • Chia seed oil contains around 60% alpha linolenic acid and has a 3:2 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.
  • Once fibre is deducted chia seed contains around 6 grams of carbohydrates per 100g.
  • They are high in antioxidents making them a much more stable omega 3 source.
  • High in flavanols.
  • A good source of B vitamins, boron, calcium and other minerals.
  • Rich in mucilloid soluble fiber which retains around 7 times its weight in water and is said to slow the absorbtion down of carbohydrates into your blood stream.
  • Is 20% protein which contains all essential amino acids.
  • Apparently does not contain any anti nutrients or toxins.

I have started a thread called Chia Seeds for gathering information on them if you have anything to share or would like to know more.


Lowcarb_dave said...

I have to get some.

My Boron levels are really low!!

LOL - What the heck is boron?


Sherrie said...

A quick summary for you of what I've read:

Boron is involved in bone and hormone metabolism. It is required for brain function, increases the absorbtion of calcium and the synthesis of vitamin D. In animals, it prevents autoimmune reactions and benefits the immune system.

For post menopausal women it lowers serum phosphorus and increases serum calcium, estradiol and testosterone as well as reducing calcium and magnesium urinary excretion which is important for osteoporosis and arthritis.

In men it has been shown to decrease the risk of prostate cancer.

You only need a little, too much is toxic.

Boron is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and dried fruit, beans and peas.


Marion Gray said...

Hello. I have been using the chia seeds for almost five years. i do also sell them in my store on and on my website. I can explain them to you if you would like. Marion