For centuries the Indians of the
southwest and Mexico used these tiny seeds as a staple. They
were considered a high-energy endurance food and records
have been discovered as far back as the ancient Aztecs to
verify this fact. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted
on the Chia Seeds during their conquests.
Chia Seed (pronounced, chee-a), was and
is also a traditional food of the Tarahumara and Chumash
people who live in and around the Copper Canyon area of
Chiuahua, in the southwestern part of Mexico. They roast,
crush, and mix the seeds with water to make the Gel, which
give them a concentrated source of food energy. They call
this mixture their running food.
running from the Colorado River area to the California coast
to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring Chia Seeds
for their nourishment.
Chia is familiar to most of us as a seed used for the
novelty of the Chia Pet, clay animals, etc, with sprouted
Chia Seeds covering most of their bodies. What many
nutritionists, health care providers, and the general public
have overlooked is the fact that Chia Seeds have
extraordinary nutritional value and medicinal properties.
On a historical note; these tiny seeds
were once valued so much that they were used as currency..
The Chia plant is an attractive 4 - 6
ft. shrub, which bears spikes of vibrant blue flowers in the
Fresh Chia Seeds are a rich source of calcium
and hydrophilic colloids.
Chia Seeds contain five times the calcium of whole milk. In 2
ounces of Chia Seeds, these are an average of 600 milligrams of
calcium, In 2 ounces of whole milk, there are about 120 milligrams
of calcium. Chia Seeds are also high in Boron, a mineral needed to
digest calcium which helps to increase bone strength. Ask you dairy
how much Boron there is in the milk you are buying.
Hydrophilic colloids, (a watery, gelatinous, glue-like
substance) form the underlying elements of all living cells. The
importance of this fact cannot be over emphasized. Chia Seeds posse
the property of readily taking up and giving off the substances
essential to cell life. The precipitation (destruction) of
hydrophilic colloids brought about during food processing can be a
major factor in causing cell death.
Another important feature of Chia Seeds is their ability to
hold up to twelve times their weight in water. This ability to hold
on to this much water offers a person the ability to prolong
hydration. Fluids and electrolytes provide the environment that
supports the life of all the body's cells. The Chia Seeds
concentration and composition are regulated, by the abundance of
soluble fiber, to remain as constant as possible. With Chia seeds,
you also retain moisture; regulate (bowel movements) more
efficiently; and the bodies absorption of nutrients and body fluids
is constant. Because there is a greater efficiency in the
utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.
Example: Fluid and electrolyte imbalance occur when large
amounts of fluids are lost as the result of vomiting, diarrhea,
having a high fever, or more commonly from excessive sweating? The
loss of extra cellular fluid occurs in these conditions.
Intercellular fluid then shifts out of cells to compensate, causing
an abnormal distribution of electrolytes across cell membranes. The
result can be cellular malfunction. Retaining and efficiently
utilizing body fluid maintains the integrity of extra cellular
fluids; this also protects the intercellular fluid balance. The
results can ensure normal electrolyte dispersion across cell
membranes (electrolyte balance). This allows the body to maintain
its fluid balance, resulting in normal cellular function.
The foods we eat, in the raw state, consist largely of
hydrophilic colloids. Cooking on the other hand, precipitates the
foods colloidal integrity. This change in the colloidal state alters
the hydration capacity of the food. What does this mean? Basically,
it means that the more cooked food included in the diet, the less
the body is able to depend on hydrophilic colloids to maintain
cellular balance. This condition can also interfere with the bodies
ability to absorb digestive juices. Uncooked foods contain
sufficient hydrophilic colloids to keep gastric mucosa in the proper
condition. But even with raw foods, they must first be partially
broken down by the digestive juices. This is where the importance of
chewing your food comes into play. All digestion begins in the mouth
(digestive enzymes) and continues through the upper intestinal
tract, to allow the gelatinous reaction to take place.
Because of this upper GI tract digestive process, those who
suffer from slow digestion, gas formation, relaxed cardia or
heartburn in which the burning is due to organic acids, rather than
an excess of the normal hydrochloric acid, are usually restricted
from eating raw foods. This condition can also frequently accompany
chronic inflammation affecting such organs as the heart, lungs, gall
bladder and appendix. When a hydrophilic colloid is incorporated
with these foods, this condition may be alleviated.
The patient with gastric agony or nervous indigestion who
complains of heartburn and/or vomiting four to five hours after
eating is often helped because of the Chia Seeds ability to slow
down digestion. There is a lessening of emptying time in the stomach
and an improvement in gastric tone. This can also lessen the need
for a strict dietary regimen for some people
There are several other hydrophilic foods available that offer these natural benefits. They are; cactus juice, beet juice, agar, edible seaweeds, and many proprietary preparations, which include silica gels, mucilaginous substance of vegetable origin, and are among colloids that have proven to be effective. Each one of the above mentioned substances have one or more drawbacks. Most of these items are either expensive, or they may produce toxic side effects. Many of them also have a bad taste. Some of them are not readily available during certain times of the year. Some have insufficient hydration capability, and some are almost totally indigestible. Adding fresh, organic Chia Seeds to the diet avoids all of these concerns.
Seeds offer greater dietary flexibility.
Chia seeds may be used in conjunction with almost any diet
the doctor or nutritionist feels is necessary for the client. The
Chia Seeds hydrophilic colloidal properties aid the digestion of any
foods contributing to a patient suffering from a sour stomach. Even
if a person has sensitivity to certain foods, they may be tolerated
with less, and in some cases, no discomfort when a hydrophilic
colloid is made a part of the diet.
The positive effects on the digestion of nutrients in the
upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract often lead people to
puree their foods. They are seeking the benefits of hydrophilic
colloids. Adding Chia Seeds to the diet may enable them to eliminate
the necessity for pureeing. Even raw vegetables, green salads and
fruits, which are restricted, may often be given to these patients
with little or no discomfort.
Exactly why this is true may be puzzling; however, when we
consider the possible effect of irritation on the nervous system in
the gastrointestinal canal in this situation, it is reasonable to
consider the fact that a less violent, slower, and a more balanced
digestion may be able to quell the activity of the otherwise
hyperactive gut. It is not unusual for a client to find these same
foods, which formerly produced irritation, may frequently be
continued without harm. Introducing hydrophilic colloids seem to
offer a logical explanation when the client is able to find relief
of from this nervous irritation.
Chia Seeds offer improved regularity. ช่วยระบบการขับถ่าย
The change a person experiences in the lower gastrointestinal
tract when adding Chia Seeds to their diet is due to the increase of
hydrophilic colloids in the digestive tract. This also explains the
improvement in digestion that is taking place along the entire GI
tract due these physiochemical improvements. The result is better
assimilation of food and enhanced nutritional absorption while
significantly extending necessary hydration. Improvements in
regularity are a natural consequence of these changes.
Mix a heaping teaspoonful of Chia Seeds in an 8-ounce glass of
water and leave it for approximately 30 minutes. When you return,
you will have a glass full of gelatin (Chia Seed Gel). This
gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber content in the Chia
Seeds. Researchers believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes
place in the stomach when foods containing these gummy fibers, known
as mucilage's, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach
creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive
enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of
carbohydrates into sugar. In addition to the obvious benefits for
diabetics, this slowing down in the conversion of carbohydrates to
sugar offers the ability of the body to improve its endurance.
Carbohydrates can be a good source of fuel for energy .in our
bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic
changes, diminishing the surge of highs and lows and creating a
longer and more constant duration of energy
Chia Seeds are a dieters Dream Food.
When you mix a teaspoonful of Chia Seeds in an 8-ounce glass
of water and leave it for approximately 30 minutes, you will have a
glass full of gelatin (Chia Seed Gel) when you return. This
gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia Seeds.
Researchers believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in
the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as
mucilage's, is eaten.
Fresh, organic Chia Seeds are an effective food extender and
calorie displacer: The optimum ratio of water to seed, for most
recipes, is 9-part water to 1 part seed. One pound of Chia Seeds
will make 10 pounds of Chia gel. I believe that because Chia Seed
Gel displaces rather than dilutes the food it is added to, it can
create more surface area and actually enhance the flavor of some
foods. Chia Gel can also work as a fat replacement for many recipes.
It can be used as a fat replacer in baked goods, breads, cookies,
chip cookies, muffins, rolls, cakes, corn bread, home made corn
and flour tortillas. Add Chia Seed Gel to anything you wish to
reduce calories and saturated fat without compromising sensory
appeal. I also encourage you to replace the refined sugar in our
recipe with such products as Stevia and/or Xylitol.
Chia Seeds have a high Essential Fatty Acid
Another unique quality of organic Chia Seed is its high lipid
(fat) content. Chia Seeds provide a rich vegetable source of
essential omega-3 fatty acids. They have approximately three to ten
times the oil concentrations of most grains and one and a half to
two times the protein concentrations of many other grains. These
lipids (fats), unsaturated fatty acids, are essential oils your body
needs to help emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E,
& K. When there are plentiful amounts of alpha-linolenic acid
sufficiently supplied to the body through the diet, docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA) and arachidonic acids (AA) can be synthesized from
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• ช่วยโรคหัวใจขาดเลือด ( Coronary
Heart Disease )
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Unsaturated fatty acids are important for respiration of vital
organs and to make it easier for oxygen to be transported by the
blood stream to all cells, tissues, and organs. They also help
maintain resilience and lubrication of the cells and combine with
protein and cholesterol to form the living membranes that comprise
the cell wall..
Unsaturated fatty acids are essential for normal glandular
activity; this is especially true of the adrenal glands and the
thyroid gland. They also nourish the skin and are essential for
healthy mucus membranes and nerves. The unsaturated fatty acids
function in the body by cooperating with vitamin D to make calcium
available to the tissues, assisting in the assimilation of
phosphorus, and stimulating the conversion of carotene into vitamin
A. Fatty acids are related to normal functioning of the reproductive
system. Chia seeds contain beneficial long-chain triglycerides (LCT)
in the right proportion to reduce cholesterol on arterial walls.
The Chia seeds are also a rich source of calcium as they contain the important mineral boron, which acts as catalyst for the absorption and utilization of the calcium by the body.
Help Build Muscle
Chia Seeds are a natural source of the nutrients needed to
build and restore muscle and tissue. Because of their physiochemical
properties, they are able to support effective digestion, which is
primary to cellular regeneration.
As a source of protein, the Seeds, after ingestion, are
digested and absorbed easily. This results in a rapid transport of
nutrients to the tissue for utilization by the cells. This efficient
assimilation makes the Chia Seeds very effective when rapid
development of tissue is needed; primarily during growth periods of
children and adolescents. This feature can also be important for the
growth and regeneration of tissue of a woman during pregnancy and
lactation. I believe these qualities of the Chia Seeds can be of
interest to all athletes, from runners to weight lifters, and all
the other people in between.
Making Chia Gel
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To make Chia Gel, slowly add one third cup of Chia seeds to
two cups of water, stir well to prevent clumping several times
during the first few minutes (3 to 5 minutes), then place them in
the refrigerator in a sealed jar (quart glass canning jar works
great). Soaking the seeds at least 8 to 12 hours before use will
offer a more nutritious product. Note; when you have
a concern with the Chia Sees sticking to the side of the container
or measuring cup, rinsing the container with a small amount of water
will avoid this problem. Yield; about 17 ounces of Chia
Gel.(Gel will keep up to 2 weeks).
You can add the Gel to jams, jellies, hot or cold cereals, yogurts, mustard, catsup, tarter sauce, BBQ sauce, etc. Add the Chia Gel to any of the non-bake mentioned foods, mix well and taste to suite your needs. Use as a fat replacement, for energy and endurance, or for added great taste, by substituting the oil in your breads with Chia Gel. Top your favorite bread dough before baking with Chia Gel (for toping on baked goods, breads, cookies, piecrust, etc., decrease the water ratio to 6 parts water to 1 part Chia Seeds or one-third cup Chia Seeds to 12 ounces of water) for added shelf life
Healing With Chia Seeds
There are additional benefits from the Chia Seeds aside from
the nutritive qualities when used as an ingredient. The Indians and
missionaries of the early days used the Chia Seeds as a poultice for
gunshot wounds and other serious injuries. They would pack the
wounds with Chia Seeds to avoid infections and promote healing. If
you place a seed or two in your eye, it will clean your eye and will
also help to clear up any infection. Chia Seed Gel can also chase
away heartburn in a matter of seconds. Just swallow two or three
tablespoons of the Gel, that’s all I do when I slip up and go
overboard with the hot stuff (hot peppers).
* When using filtered water, be sure you know the exact size
of the Finale Filter in your appliance. Many water filters on the
market today have a 20 micron Finale Filter that does not provide
much protection against contaminants. I encourage you to only use
filtered water with the Chia Seeds if your water filter has a 1
micron Finale Filter. Distilled water is a very practical
Seed Foods and Cancer Prevention
Protease inhibitors are found in varying amounts in all seed
foods. According to the research that has been done by Dr. Troll,
Ph.D., professor of emvironmental medicine at New York University.
His research has demonstrated there are effective for people to
treat themselves in a non-toxic way to prevent cancer using seed
foods. The key to this is the high content of protease inhibitors
present in these foods. Protease inhibitors have the ability to
attack and destroy free radicals that show up in the cell. They are
a bit different than other anti-oxidants, yet they function in about
the same fashion..
It’s almost impossible to avoid the toxins that can cause
cancer today. They are in our food, our water, and in the air we
breathe. Dr. Troll says; “Even if the oncogenes are triggered, the
protease inhibitors do some of there best work in keeping malignant
cells from multiplying and spread
Cancer prevention is another good reason to include Chia Seeds
in your daily diet. I believe this is one of the most powerful and
amazing foods to be introduced to us in a long time. I encourage you
to read James Scheer’s book on Chia Seeds.
Can our Food be our Medicine?
In roughly the last twenty years, there has been a
resurrection in the definition of medicine, a resurrection that
amplifies the significance of our eating habits and our
lifestyle. In this shift, we are rediscovering these facts; diet
and lifestyle can be used for the prevention of illness and
disease. I say, "rediscovering" because these same truths have
held true since Hippocrates time. I believe he saw these same
conditions when he declared; "Let your medicine be your food and
your food be your medicine". What I find fasinating is the fact
that Hippocrates made this statement well over 2000 years ago
and it still holds true today.
Now lets look at how a good measure of laughter,
reasonable amounts of exercise, and a balanced (a
reasonable combination of raw and processed foods) can
become preventive medicine.
Laughter, Exercise, a
Positive Attitude, and your Diet can offer New Life…
Laughter can be your medicine.
Researchers have recorded proof that laughter can boost the
immune system. I have read several papers showing laughter as
being an important factor in helping people overcome depression,
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), cancer,
etc. I can't help but feel this is one of the most overlooked
breakthroughs in modern research.
Several years of research have demonstrated the importance and
value of exercise. There is no question about it being good
medicine for the cardio-vascular system. It also improves muscle
toning, flexibility, expelling of toxins, and for giving a
feeling of well being (endorphins). Please note; it is not
necessary to have special clothes or footwear to exercise. These
items are nice to have; however, they don't contribute to your
quality of health. Exercise machines are also nice to have and
they often make attractive clothes hangers. You don't have to
have any of these items to exercise. Desire, discipline, and a
simple exercise program that fits your needs are your most
important allies in this effort.
Positive Attitude: To express a positive attitude towards life is not only good medicine for you, its good medicine for those uou come in contact with. How does a person learn to express a positive attitude towards life? There are several technuques available today. One powerful example can be found in psychotherapy. It's knows as Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) EFT is the most effective therapy I've ever used. It helped me create a new attitude towards life that is positive and non-judgmental. I was able to acomplish this without changing any other conditions or situations (my loved ones, my friends, where I live, or my work) in my life. And with psychology being a life long interest, it also prompted me to become a certified psychotherapist.
Diet: Lastly, the most important medicine for the prevention of illness and disease is the diet. Focusing on these areas; laughter, exercise, a positive attitude, and your diet can help to stimulate and strengthen the immune system. A strong, resilient immune system is a vital component of a happy and healthy life.
Diet Related Deaths in the United States
Since research has become an observable factor in our
society, I'd like to point out some sobering statistics relating
to diet. Reading this summary of research done over the past few
years brings home a point that is difficult to disregard. This
research has revealed that more than two thirds of all deaths in
the United States are diet related. More than 50% of these
deaths are caused from coronary occlusion, or blockage of the
blood flow to the heart and/or the brain. These are all
preventable deaths according to the Journal of American Medical
Association (AMA). The Journal also published this conclusion in
1961; "All coronary occlusions can be eliminated by 97% through
a vegetarian diet."
Here is some more research that doesn't get very much
attention. It is a fact that fourteen hundred American's are
dying of cancer every day. In the prestigious journal,
Advances in Cancer Research, they concluded, "At present, we
have overwhelming evidence... (that) none of the risk factors
for cancer is...more significant than diet and nutrition.”
Is changing your diet completely a
I say; "No". This question of what might be a
better diet can, at times, be emotionally charged. This
is true because many people already have a significant
emotional commitment to their present choice of
nourishment. For this reason, making major changes in
your diet may not be in your best interest. Instead, I
encourage you to try adding Chia Seeds to your present
diet and experiment with various recipes. It's quite
possible you can achieve your goals without turning your
life upside down. In this area, everybody is different
and trial and error has proven to be the best approach.
Why do I believe Chia Seeds offer a reasonable approach?
1.They can be included in your diet without making major
changes in your eating habits are your recipes. 2. They
can be eaten "raw" and they don't require becoming
accustom to a new taste. 3. They are high in soluble
fiber. In the up coming paragraphs are some facts to
support my position.
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Why is "Raw" so important?
Whenever heat is applied to any monounsaturated or
polyunsaturated fatty acid such as found in Chia Seeds, it
changes from a "cis form" (horseshoe shape) to a trans
fatty acid (straight shape) form (for a clear picture of what is
happening. It's possible the body has no way to recognize
this change and uses trans fatty acids along with the essential
fatty acids when building new cells walls (essential fatty acids
are the basic building blocks of all cell walls). Because of the
change in shape, the trans fatty acids can create health
problems for some people because the cell wall will actually
have microscopic holes where the trans fatty acids are used in
building the cell wall. This can leave the cell vulnerable to
any pathogens present in the blood stream.
The American Heart Association has put polyunsaturated
fatty acids (PUFA's) at the top of the list for the last ten
years stating; "they are absolutely essential to good
health".(1) The AHA's number one interest is preventing heart
disease. To do this they encourage everyone to get an adequate
supply of linoleic acid in their diet. Chia Seeds can provide
this when they are eaten in the raw form (not exposed to any
Chia Seeds (EFA's) are also good for the skin, hair, and
the brain. In fact, the nutrients provided by the Chia Seeds are
beneficial to every cell in the body.
Why A High Fiber Diet?
One of the most important reasons would be to improve the
amount of soluble fiber in your diet. "A high
fiber diet has been shown to relieve everything from
constipation to heart disease.
Research also suggests it can play a powerful role in
controlling blood sugar".** This increase in soluble
fiber slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. With
the presence of high amounts of soluble fiber in the digestive
track, digestion is slowed down and the body is able to produce
the insulin fast enough to prevent the familiar sugar highs and
lows normally experienced with eating these foods.1
References; The Magic of Chia, James
**James W. Anderson, M.D., professor of medicine and
clinical nutrition at the University of Kentucky College of
Medicine in Lexington.
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