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Welcome to Chia Seeds

Filed Under: Supplements at 5:49 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Have you heard of Chia Seeds? Salvia Hispanica? If you answer is “no” twice, you are not alone. Most people don’t know but Chia is one of the best natural sources of omega-3.  It’s also 100% vegetarian, making it a great alternative not only for vegetarians but people struggling taking fish oils.

Chia seeds are commercially grown in South and Central America without the use of chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. Its seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids (ALA alpha linolenic acid), as well as omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acids). Chia is also an excellent source of fiber, helping in the digestion on carbohydrates and maintaining a healthy bowel system.

Fish oil has been the top seller omega-3 product for years and its benefits are unquestionable. However, some people have problems with its taste, aftertaste and burping. The liquid form is the most potent form of fish oil but its taste isn’t really great, despite the addition of lemon or berry flavor. 

Vegetarians have been limited to few choices, with flax seed being to most popular one, but you need to consume significantly more in order to get enough omegas.  That’s why Chia is one of the hottest supplements in the market at the moment, since it’s possible to get enough omegas in relatively small serving sizes.  Chia provides in average 3750 mg of omega 3 and 1050 mg of omega 6 in a one scoop serving size (15g). In comparison, flax seed meals (highest nutritional value among flax seeds) provide an average or 3000 mg of omega-3 and 750 mg of omega-6 per 15g serving size.

If you are not afraid of trying new things or if you are looking for an alternative for your current omega-3 product, Chia might be your best choice.

 5 Comments, latest by omega-3 test

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5 Responses to “Welcome to Chia Seeds”

  1. Leon says:

    Few people know about chia seeds and even those that have heard are not fully aware of the many health benefits associated with Chia Seeds.

  2. Ariadne says:

    Leon,
    You are quite right. I was one of those people not too long ago. A few weeks ago, I was in my local health food store in Sarasota, and a company was doing a demonstration on chia products. I was not very interested at the time as I was in a rush. Later on, I remembered, the girl doing the demonstration saying something about gluten free, and I decided to do some research, as this is something that concerns me as i have a child that has celiac. I was so amazed to find out that company has a really great website, that gives a lot of historical information as well as nutritional. If anything its a great way to learn about chia.

  3. Arianne says:

    Great advice, i will keep visiting this blog very often. I need some time to think about this

  4. shawna says:

    A agree, people don’t know about chia and the health benefits.

  5. omega-3 test says:

    great put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector do not realize this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

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