Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chia Seeds Reduce Heart Disease Risk


Canadian scientists were intrigued by chia seeds because they are rich in fiber, alpha-linolenic acid and minerals, and wanted to explore their heart health benefits.

In a 12-week study of the health effects of chia for diabetes, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto fed 21 patients about 37 grams of either chia seeds or wheat bran. The researchers used a new white strain of chia seeds that they had specially developed and named "Salba," in order to control the nutritional content of the seeds.

At the end of the study they found that eating the chia seeds had reduced systolic blood pressure, C-reactive protein and vonWillebrand factor (all risk factors for heart disease). Chia was also found to double blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both essential omega 3 fatty acids with proven heart health benefits.

 Humans have used chia for nourishment for over 5,000 years ... Read entire article.

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