Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Let’s take a moment to look at the health benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a nutritionally dense food.

They have high amounts of:-

Omega 3 fatty acids.

Protein, and this protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids.

Antioxidants

Vitamin Bs

Minerals

Yet they are low in calories and gluten free

Chia seeds are easy to digest. People who regularly eat chia seeds as part of their diet have reported the following health benefits

Increased energy

Improved mood

More sustained energy levels

Improved concentration and clearer thinking

A decrease in aches and pains

A decrease in food cravings and less need to eat between meals

A feeling of well being

Better regularity

Supple, smoother skin

Glossy hair and stronger nails

Research has shown chia seeds may be of benefit in improving cardiovascular health. This includes high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Research has also shown chia seeds can benefit brain and neurological functions, and arthritic conditions.

Chia seeds digest slowly. This tends to stabilize blood sugar – which can be of help to people with type 2 diabetes.

Chia seeds contain high levels of calcium, together with boron, which is of great benefit to bone health. For example, one tablespoon of chia seeds contain as much calcium as two glasses of milk.

Chia seeds can also prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes which makes them a great help to athletes, especially runners.

The high fiber of chia seeds, both soluble and insoluble, is a gentle way to maintain bowel health and promote regularity.

As you can see, chia seeds health benefits are wide ranging, and they are a great addition to a healthy diet. The fact that they can assist in weight loss and weight management is an added bonus.

18 Responses to “Chia Seeds Health Benefits”

  1. Nadeem says:

    Dear anyone and everyone, I am new to this site. I heard about chia seed almost like a year ago . Since I don’t live in US ( live in east asia) I asked my friend to bring me a bag of chia seed from US. However, i took chia seed for a while but didn’t see any improvement in my glucose level( I have high blood sugar , diabetic). Somehow i got this idea that chia seed is for blood pressure only. I stopped taking chia seed about a year ago. My only question is I still have that bag can I still use it? Or anyone think that it has been expired??? THanks for quick response in advance.

  2. veronica says:

    i start using the chia seed and it give me so much energy i dont have any crave at nite my blood sugar under controle i use it every day i need to get some recipes because it keep me going

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  4. LaRonda says:

    I just brought a small bag of chia seed today. I been maintaining my high blood pressure, I been off my pills for almost 2 years now, but I also have Chiari Malformation type 1 and I was wondering when chia seed benefits help with the symptoms with that?

    • admin says:

      Hi LaRonda. I am not aware of any research on chia seeds helping the condition you mention. Your doctors are the best people to go to for help with that. Most people find that regularly eating chia seeds does improve their sense of well being in general and they are a wonderfully nutritious food source.

  5. Demetria says:

    I just had gastric by pass surgery on Oct 16th. I still have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and arthritis… Do you think or feel that I can benefit from the chia seeds in a safe manner??? I am currently on Coreg and Norvasc for HBP and Pravastatin for High Cholesterol

    • admin says:

      Hi Demetria. You will need to work closely with your doctor. Chia seeds have been shown to help with all the conditions you mention, but gastric by-pass surgery does complicate this. You may be able to have small amounts of chia pudding or gel, but always make sure the seeds have fully gelled before you eat them to prevent them swelling in your stomach. I successfully came off high blood pressure medication using chia seeds, meditation and more exercise, but I did inform my doctor what I was doing so he could monitor my blood pressure and adjust my medication when appropriate. Good luck Demetria.

      • Demetria says:

        Thank you very much I will contact them and see what they say…

        • Wuggler says:

          Good luck Demetria, I wish you nothing but success!! Chia seeds are a “steady as she goes” type of food in my experience. The results are slow, progressive, but inevitable (which is good!).

          I am 46, 6’2″ tall and weighed 300 pounds in December 2012. I suffer from IBS, severe acid reflux disease (my esophagus is apparently scarred), General Anxiety Disorder, and Major Depression. Adding ground chia seed gel to my drinks and sauces (it’s flavorless and undetectable) helped me slowly and steadily drop 25 pounds so far. I have no IBS symptoms, and I globally just feel physically much better. Sadly both depression and anxiety have been kicking my butt since December and I barely leave the house at all.

          But I definitely am a chia convert after just 4 short months. I just eat them, go about my business, and the benefits just happen on their own. Again, best of luck Demetria, be tough and be patient!

          • Nancy says:

            Given all your symptoms you should try eliminating gluten from your diet. There is lots of evidence that IBS, heartburn and neurological conditions including General Anxiety and depression can be results of a gluten sensitivity or Celiacs.

  6. Gina says:

    I have 2 tablespoons of chia blended in my green smoothie every morning.
    I always tell people who feel hungry after drinking a green smoothie to add chia as I think it makes it more filling. Plus any left over the next day you add more, plus more fruit and make a green pudding!
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  7. Ewen Johnson says:

    I take Warfarin (Blood Thinner). Is it OK to eat Chia without having any side affects. Thank You

    • admin says:

      Hi Ewen. I am not a doctor and therefore can’t give advice on this. I believe their are some concerns on eating chia seeds while taking blood thinner medication. Make an informed decision by speaking to your doctor about this and doing your own research.

  8. helen says:

    i grind it up and put it in dark choc almond milk my daughter and i both drink this every day and she likes it

  9. Adam kent says:

    Was this pudding bought or made? If made or if anyone has any chia seed recipes that taste good could you share them? Or feel free to email me at [email protected] I’m new to the whole health food thing and love chia fresca and other chia drinks, but would love some advice on other ways to incorporate it into daily eating. Thanks everyone!

  10. Gary says:

    Excellent for recovery. Keeps me hydrated better, longer. Almond milk Pudding is my favorite so far but they are so fun to experiment with. They just soak up the flavor of whatever you put them in and kicks it up. So easy to use in so many ways!!!!!

  11. Silke says:

    As I´m working shift as a flight attendant I really know about food cravings in the middle of the night during a long flight….last week I tried kind of your chia coconut pudding (with coconut milk and sprinkled with a little brown sugar and cinnamon) and *wow* here we go!!! Although I had a 2 hour break on the flight I couldn´t sleep at all! I was in a real good mood and it seemed like nothing could have set me up.
    I really felt increased energy and haven´t been hungry for hours….
    Great stuff to try for all that work irregular or shift…

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