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What is Chia Seed and Why is It so Popular?

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Cori is a Certified Registered Nurse with over 35 years of nutritional expertise. Cori spends her time on her 30 acre organic farm.

Uncover The Truth About The Worlds Most Nutritious Food!

You've heard the saying, If it's to good to be true, there must be something wrong. I wanted to uncover the truth about the amazing Chia Seed or so they say! Thomas Edison said, "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." I think this is a profound statement that underpins the fact that most Americans feel that taking a pill will solve all health related issues. Omega 3 foods are very powerful and should be considered in all of our diets. Today you can go to the Harvard School Of Public Health and learn about the benefits of Omega 3 Foods. What does that really mean for me? What it means is that Omega 3 foods, yes a food, has the ability to create a better life for me in the areas of Joint Pain, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and many other areas. What I find hard to believe is that you can get all of these benefits in one very small seed. If this is so good, why have I not heard about it sooner? These are questions I will answer and by the end of this article you will have the facts about Chia Seed and the power of Omega 3 Food.

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Dr Ming Wu

Are Doctors Really Prescribing Omega 3 Food?

The following is an incident that I would like to offer in support of the benefits of Mila. My friend contacted me to help his daughter who has had eczema for 20 years. His daughter would not take fish oil pills because of the pollutants, or Chinese herbal tea due to taste. I have had a long standing issue with dry skin as well, and have looked for alternatives, with mixed success. With my friend asking for help, I prayed for an alternative solution, a whole food with Omega 3. The following day a client of mine came in and offered me a sample of Chia Seed Product. I thought this is a miracle. I hadn't heard of chia seed and that it contained the Omega 3's we were looking for. I tried it for two weeks and noticed that my dry skin disappeared. Then I sent 2 packages to her and within 2 months her condition was remedied.

I am very cautious about endorsing products, I feel that I have a responsibility to my patients to promote things I believe in. You can select a product on your own that contains Chia Seed.

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What is the Big Deal and is it Real?

Dr. Walter Willet - Harvard

Dr. Willett is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard's School of Public Health, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and has been chair of the Harvard Department of Nutrition and Epidemiology since 1991.

He is also the author of 2005's Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy and 2007's Eat Drink, and Weigh Less .

"Dr. Willet indicates that you should be eating plant based Omega 3's 7 days a week and fish 2 days a week."

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Mila contains one of the highest, if not the highest, amounts of omega 3 fatty acids known in the plant world. In the 1970s and 1980s, the "fat-free" diet craze took all fats out of our diet, including the good ones. Now we know the impact that the healthy fats have on our general well-being. The alpha linolenic fatty acid (ALA) found in Mila is known as the only essential omega 3 fatty acid. This means that a person must consume this fatty acid because the body cannot manufacture it. The fatty acids in Mila are a near perfect balance, plus there is no cholesterol.

Fiber

A number of studies have found that a high intake of total fiber contributes to a healthy heart and circulatory system. High-fiber diets may also modulate blood sugar levels. Since fiber is filling and has very few calories, high-fiber foods may also help with weight loss.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

These two components have recently been recognized as being important to human health, but are not necessary for life. Of interest is the fact that phytonutrients may act as antioxidants, but not all phytonutrients are antioxidants. Antioxidants in foods can be divided into two main groups or categories, with each having similar, as well as different, benefits in terms of human health. The two groups are Vitamins and Minerals and Phenolic Compounds.

Protein

Protein is found throughout the body in hair, nails, outer layers of skin, muscle tissue, the inner structure of bones, and red blood cells. Protein is used by the body to perform many functions in the body including building and repairing body tissues, hormone production and carrying nutrients throughout the body.

What is a Plant Based Omega 3 Food?

Chia Seeds Are The Worlds Healthiest Whole Food

Chia Seed is a natural raw food that contains multiple nutritional components that are beneficial to your health both short term and long term. Chia seed has the highest concentration of Omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants of any raw food combined. If you are not familiar with a Chia Seed it looks very similar to a poppy seed, but it has no taste. The american diet is so off balance with processed foods (Omega 6's) that when someone starts taking Chia Seed for the first time you see immediate results in many areas of your health. For me, I was not as hungry, I had more energy, my skin challenges looked better, blood pressure was reduced and my overall well being was in balance. My husband started taking Chia Seeds and had similar results. His joint pain was completely resolved and his expensive Enbril injection was eliminated. In my opinion these results were a miracle for us and reduced or eliminated costly prescriptions. I little Chia Seed a day keeps the prescriptions away!

Dr Oz & Chia - The Worlds Most Nutritious Food

Dr Bob Arnot Speaks On The Impact Of Mila!

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Omega 3 Ratios To Omega 6

Source: National Institute Of Health

The last few years the medical and scientific industry has discovered the high importance of Omega 3's being put back into our diet. Inflammation is part of the process of every disease. All disease begins with inflammation. Omega 3's are a major anti-inflammatory agent and aids in prevention and or recovery of all diseases. Omega 3's are graded from A-D.

Grade A indicates strong scientific evidence for this use.

High blood pressure - Grade A

Multiple human trials report small reductions in blood pressure with intake of omega-3 fatty acid. DHA may have greater benefits than EPA.

Omega 3's reduce high blood pressure by acting as a natural blood thinner. By doing this your circulatory system keeps a steady flow of blood. This will also reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

Hypertriglyceridemia - Grade A

There is strong scientific evidence from human trials that omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels.

Secondary cardiovascular disease prevention - Grade A

Several well-conducted randomized controlled trials report that in people with a history of heart attack, regular consumption of omega-3 reduces the risk of non-fatal heart attack, fatal heart attack, sudden death, and all-cause mortality (death due to any cause).

The American diet has 40-50X the amount of Omega 6's to Omega 3's (beef, chicken, pork). The ratio should be 3:1, Omega 3's to Omega 6's. Studies have shown that getting enough omega-3 can significantly impact our chances of developing deadly diseases.

By the age of 12 70% of Americans have already developed beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. Many of our children are obese and nearly 50% of obese children remain obese as adults.

Omega 3 Food & Your Diet

What is a practical guide to adding more Omega 3 in your diet?

When it comes to adding Omega 3 foods to your diet, don't worry about bringing your calculator to the kitchen. All you have to do is to focus on bringing more omega 3 rich foods into your diet.

Eating fish and seafood such as salmon, halibut, tuna and scallops a few times a week is an easy way to increase your omega-3 intake. Plus you'll get all of the other nutritional benefits that these foods have to offer.

Seeds and nuts, particularly flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, Persian walnuts and butter nuts are great snacks with the added benefit of Omega 3.

Walnuts and Flaxseeds can be added in combination to salads, baked potatoes or granola and is just one of the many ways to easily incorporate these foods into your meal plan. Additionally, if you like your nuts roasted, do so gently - in a 160-170 degree oven for 15-20 minutes - to preserve the omega-3 fats. In addition, incorporating more beans, winter squash, and extra virgin olive oil to your meal plan is easy.

Baking with Chia Seeds can add Omega 3 into any recipe for muffins, cakes, brownies and breads. This is a great way to introduce Omega 3 food into to your kids diet. One of the many benefits of chia seeds is their heat tolerance- 180c - 356F and the antioxidants protect it from oxidizing in our system.

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Recipes For Chia Seeds

Cheese Spread

1.5 cups feta cheese1.5 cups cream cheese2 tablespoons real mayonnaise1 tablespoon grape seed oil2 cloves real garlic, minced1/2 teaspoon basil1 full scoop Mila. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. This delicious recipe can be made ahead of time! You can serve at room temperature for softer spread, or you can serve cold for slicing.Serve with crackers, bread, nacho chips, or veggies.

Chicken Wing Dip

8 oz. shredded chicken or chicken chunks (canned or fresh)16 oz. cream cheese1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 3/4 cup Anchor Bar wing sauce1/4 cup blue cheese dressing 1-2 scoops Chia Seeds Mix cream cheese, chicken, cup wing sauce and Chia Seeds in a bowl with electric mixer.Spread mixture into an 8″ x 8″ baking pan.Mix together remaining wing sauce ( cup) and cup blue cheese dressing together.Pour on top and spread with a spoon. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with your favorite chips or crackers.

Salsa Dip

2 large cans chopped canned tomatoes1 medium red onion chopped3 to 4 cloves of garlic mined1 bunch cilantro chopped2 to 3 scoops Chia - Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for 1 hour.Serve with your favorite Corn Chips

Fresca

Ice (fill at least half-way in your shaker)

Fresh-squeeze lime juice (1-4 teaspoons depending on how tart you like it!)

Sweetener (1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar)

Chia (1 13-gram scoop)

Water (fill to within an inch or two of your shaker's lid)

Shake between gulps for the smoothest finish.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

1 egg white

1/2 c. peanut butter

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. honey

1/2 c. butter

2 c. oats

1/4 c. almonds, toasted

1/3 c. chocolate chips

6 T. Mila chia seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray Cooking Spray on an 8 x 11 pan lined with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat egg white with a hand mixer until frothy and stir in peanut butter, brown sugar and honey.

add the melted butter, oats and almonds and stir to combine, then add the chocolate chips.

Using a rubber spatula, spread mixture into pan and press lightly to form an even layer.

Sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top.

Bake until the edge begins to brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove and cool for at least an hour then cut into pieces and serve.

Chia Seed History

What Does Dr. Oz Have to Say about Chia Seed

On the Oprah Show Dr. Oz made these comments. "The truth is, chia seeds are actually good for you -- we're talking really good for you! In fact, they just may be one of the healthiest things around." So what is a chia seed and where does it come from?

Chia Seeds are a member of the mint family and grow in southern Mexico, Central America, and certain southern South American countries like Bolivia. Chia seeds have a long history of use as human food. It was domesticated by ancient Mexicans in 2,600 B.C. For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the Southwest (US) and Mexico. Dr. Andrew Weil read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours and indicated that the Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin. These seeds were known as the running food. It was said the Aztec warriors insisted on the Chia seed and water during the conquests. Ancient documents show that in Mayan times there were four important crops: corn, beans, chia, and amaranth. These four crops comprised the main components of the Aztec and Mayan diets when Columbus arrived in the New World. After conquering Mexico, Spaniards banned growing Chia plants because they played a role in pagan religious ceremonies. Tribute and taxes to the Aztec priesthood and nobility were often paid in chia seeds.

Summary

Chia Seed is the best Omega 3 food you can buy. Your body has to have Omega 3 essential fatty acids and the health benefits are to great to ignore. Per Dr. Willett from Harvard, we should be eating plant based Omega 3's 7 days a week and fish 2 days a week. Let's face it, I think we are all sick of Fish Oil. Dr. Ming Wu, an eastern medicine doctor indicates that he takes Chia everyday and his patients benefit from Chia. Look at the other benefits, reduced secondary heart failure, reduced blood pressure, joint pain reductions, high fiber and antioxidants, the list goes on and on. If your not taking a plant based Omega 3, you need to start today.