SOURCE: Feel Good for Life

April 28, 2008 14:49 ET

Chia -- Science Agrees Seed Is the Perfect Food Examines the Science That Supports Chia Health Benefits

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - The benefits of Chia as a health food have caught the attention of the media and the public recently. Chia is being hailed as the nutritional super food for people of all ages, from babies to baby boomers. Feel Good for Life, a new online resource for alternative and nutritional health news, looks at the science behind these claims.

The Nutritional Science Research Institute, NSRI, a non-profit organization committed to both the rigorous scientific testing of products and nutritional supplements from natural sources tested chia and confirmed that it is a low glycemic index food suitable for diabetics. Their research also showed that taking 40 grams of Chia (Salvia hispanica L) per day results in significantly decreased systolic blood pressure. C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood protein that is a measure of chronic inflammation, was also reduced significantly.

Another study by the University of Toronto study tested the Salba variety of Chia seed. They found it to be more effective than the expensive and risky medications currently used for decreasing blood pressure, thinning blood, reducing inflammation and controlling blood sugar.

Participants in the study were Type-2 diabetes patients. Doctors observed the following within three months: clotting factors dropped 20 percent, levels of C-reactive protein (a key marker of inflammation) fell 30 percent, systolic blood pressure dropped six units.

And the benefits go even further -- 100 grams of this chia strain has as much Omega-3 fatty acid as a 32-ounce Atlantic salmon steak, as much magnesium as 10 stalks of broccoli, as much calcium as 2 1/2 cups of milk, and as much iron as half a cup of kidney beans.

Chia naturally contains the highest percentage of Omega-3 of any commercially available source. It is also high in vitamins and in insoluble fiber (which makes it excellent for appetite suppression and intestinal cleansing).

Chia benefits both men's health and women's health and has anti-aging properties.

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