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.
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