Chia Seeds — More than Pet Hair

To protect myself from flying headlong into every offer on the market I use a 3 Strikes Rule. A strike is not necessarily a negative thing in my estimation. If a subject matter or person comes into my awareness three times I take that to mean I should investigate further. God in his Magnificent Universe knows I can be a little distracted, and sometimes miss details. As a matter of fact 25 years ago my prayer was, “I’ll be happy to stay single, but if You have someone out there for me, please make sure I don’t miss him.”  I met my husband shortly after that — three times.

Today I want to discuss the chia seed, actually the seed from the plant  Salvia Hispanica L. Before you search the internet I can assure you these are the same seeds made popular by the Chia Pet (pronounced CHEE-ah) product.  A few years ago I heard about these miracle seeds. Pardon me if I was skeptical, but when they were supposed to be an answer to weight loss my ears shut down. Nothing will turn me off FASTER than the words miracle and weight loss being used on the same page!** So, I didn’t investigate. However, in the past 6 weeks three things happened that prompted me to try these seeds.

  • My business associate told me about a friend who was using them for weight loss. . . listening.
  • We ordered an energy bar that had chia seeds in it . . . listening.
  • My latest continuing education course was in nutrition. One source talked about the seeds.

That’s three times. I believed it was time to investigate. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Aside from any weight loss aid the seeds are very healthy. Personally, I’m more impressed that the seeds were used for their nutritional value by the Aztecs, Mayans and Native Americans from the Southwest. I’ll always trust what ancient cultures valued. It’s a thing with me. However, the latest course I took for my required CEC’s was on nutrition and the chia seed was mentioned. They gave me the facts with no mention of weight loss. So this time I heard what they were saying.

  • Chia seeds have 9% DV protein in a 1 ounce serving.
  • It contains all the essential amino acids. So, we’re looking at a complete protein.
  • Gluten free.
  • The Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is actually 1:3 where plants normally run 6-1 or even 20-1.  Remember the Omega-3 is the hard omega to get in your body. This beats out even flax-seed!
  • 2 ounces of chia will give you nearly as much omega-3 as 1.75 pounds of salmon.
  • Rich in antioxidant flavonol with all the ANTI benefits: antiviral, anti-allergic, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and the antioxidant we hear about. Protecting cells from damage — Nice!
  • Blueberries are known for being rich in antioxidants. Well, brace yourselves chia has more than blueberries.
  • They keep long — for up to 3 months in your refrigerator.
  • Soluble Fiber!
  • They are easily digested and may help diverticulitis and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Super high in calcium, magnesium, boron, folate and B vitamins, riboflavin, and Vitamin C.
My personal experience was very exciting. I’ve struggled with high blood pressure for the past 3 years. Medicated, my BP sits around 135/86 or slightly higher. After 2 weeks with these tiny black seeds I went to the doctor and my BP was 122/66!  I did a yippie-skippie dance.
My local health food store only has the black seeds, but I understand they also come in white. They are smaller than poppy seeds and won’t get you flagged at a drug test. I put 2 tsp in 8 oz of water and leave it sit while I get ready for work in the morning. When I get back the gel has formed. I throw in my pea protein (a new thing for me that I LOVE), a little agave, some fresh fruit and zap! I have a wonderful start to my morning.

As with everything in life. Moderation is the key. Research for this article revealed warnings regarding this tiny seed. Over-dosing may lower blood pressure too much and cause distended stomach from bloating. People who are on blood thinners should not take chia. One article suggested asking your doctor about dosage. If your doctor will respond to this question and write you a prescription please notify me right away. I want him/her as my physician. Even my wonderful doctor wouldn’t suggest an herbal remedy. Be conservative and reasonable with your use of any herbal product. Always remember the Aztecs didn’t live on chia alone. They used it as a supplement and of course when they were traveling to conquer a foe.

Be Well!

** See my post