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Alternative Names

Chía, Chia Fresca, Chia Grain, Chia Oil, Chia Seed, Chia Sprout, Germe de Chia, Graine de Chia, Graine de Salba, Huile de Chia, Pinole, S. Hispanica, Salba, Salba Grain, Salvia Hispanica L CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Alpha-Linolenic Acid

Scientific Name

Salvia Hispanica

Why Do People Use Chia?

Orally, chia is used for diabetes, hypertension, and for generally reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - When used orally and appropriately, short-term. Preliminary clinical research shows that chia can be safely used for up to 12 weeks.

How Effective Is Chia?

Preliminary clinical research shows that type 2 diabetes patients who consume bread containing a specific, selectively bred type of chia, called Salba (Salba Nutritional Solutions), for approximately 37 grams/day for 12 weeks, have significantly reduced cardiovascular risk factors such as systolic blood pressure, C-reactive protein, and vonWillebrand factor compared to those consuming bread containing wheat bran. Consuming this form of chia also significantly reduced HbA1C compared to baseline, but not compared to wheat bran. Consuming this form of chia did not significantly affect lipid levels. More evidence is needed to rate chia for this use.

How Chia Works?

The applicable parts of chia are the seed and the sprout. Chia seed contains a high concentration of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid. It also contains a significant concentration of dietary fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Salba is a selectively bred, white-colored variety of chia. This form of chia is believed to provide the most concentrated whole-food source of dietary fiber and alpha-linolenic acid. The salba form of chia provides approximately 19% alpha-linolenic acid. Due to the fatty acid and dietary fiber content of chia, there is interest in using it as a food source for reducing cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, and inflammation. Preliminary clinical research shows that consuming bread containing a specific salba variety of chia (Salba Nutritional Solutions) might reduce some cardiovascular risk factors such as systolic blood pressure, C-reactive protein, vonWillebrand factor; however, it does not seem to affect lipid levels.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Chia?

None known.

How Chia Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

None known.

How Chia Interacts With Drugs?

None known.

How Chia Interacts With Foods?

None known.

How Chia Interacts With Lab Tests?

Chia contains a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid. Some evidence shows that taking alpha-linolenic acid might increase triglyceride levels and lab tests; however, clinical research with a specific variety of chia called salba shows that it does not significantly increase triglyceride levels.

How Chia Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Chia contains a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid. Some evidence shows that taking alpha-linolenic acid might increase triglyceride levels and potentially worsen hypertriglyceridemia; however, clinical research with a specific variety of chia called salba shows that it does not significantly increase triglyceride levels. Chia contains a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid. Some research suggests high dietary intake of alpha-linolenic acid might increase the risk for advanced prostate cancer. Theoretically, taking chia might adversely affect prostate cancer. Until more is known, advise men with prostate cancer or with a high risk for prostate cancer to avoid consuming large amounts of chia.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Chia?

ORAL - For type 2 diabetes, bread containing a specific, selectively bred type of chia, called salba (Salba Nutritional Solutions), approximately 37 grams/day, has been used.

Comments

Chia is an annual herb which originated in Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs. Chia literally means "oily." Chia is grown commercially in Central America and South America. It is primarily used for its seed, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia sprouts are grown on clay figures which have been sold in the US as "Chia Pets.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Chia Powder


 

WARNING:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



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