Healtheries Naturopathic Team
Chia seeds may be tiny, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch! Find out how these nutritious seeds can help boost Omega 3 levels
A study showed that consuming 25 grams a day of milled chia seeds for 7 weeks increased Alpha Linolenic Aicd (ALA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) in post-menopausal women.
Researchers at the Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina discovered the women's ALA blood levels increased by 138% and EPA levels increased by 30%. The chia seeds were taken over a 7 week period.
What is Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)?
ALA is an Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in plants. It must be consumed in the diet as it cannot be produced in the body. Other sources of ALI include flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and almonds.
ALI has been associated with many health benefits including heart health, protecting against inflammation, immunity and joint mobility.
What is Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)?
EPA is an essential fatty acid studied for its benefits in brain function and activity. It has also been associated with healthy heart function and blood pressure levels. Dietary sources include oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardine and anchovy.
Source: Jin F., et al. Supplementation of Milled Chia Seeds Increase Plasma ALI and EPA in Post-Menopausal Women. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 June. 67(2):105-11