by Carla Pinto
The chia seed, used by the ancient Aztecs has in recent years grown in popularity - mainly because of its nutritional properties. Now research shows that chia seeds may help decrease your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
A study published in a US journal shows that eating chia seeds has a significant impact on improving your heart health and lowering your high blood pressure.
Researchers prove the nutritional benefits of chia seeds are good for your heart
Chia seeds are very high in protein and lack the high-fat content of some of other protein sources. Chia seeds also offers you a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. And that’s why eating them lowers your risk for heart disease.
In a 12-week study of the health effects of chia seeds, researchers at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto fed 21 patients 37g of either chia seeds or wheat bran. At the end of the study they found that eating chia seeds had reduced systolic blood pressure and C-reactive protein. All risk factors for heart disease.
Chia was also found to double blood levels of alpha-linolenic acid and eisosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both essential omega-3 fatty acids with proven heart health benefits.
Add Chia seeds to your diet
Add a small teaspoon to your morning oats or porridge. Try mixing them into a salad for extra flavour. Or include them in a smoothie or protein shake. For a delicious detox drink, add 2-4 tablespoons of chia seeds to sugar-free lemonade
Chia seeds are a safe, natural way to help lower your risk for heart disease. You can find organic chia seeds in most health shops, or supplement your diet with SanVia Gold.