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What are the health benefits of chia seeds?

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Chia seeds contain a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for reducing inflammation and fighting chronic diseases, says About.com. However, not enough studies have been done to support the major health claims of chia seeds, as of 2015.

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What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
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In addition to having a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, chia contains fair amounts of fiber, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants, states About.com. The fiber in chia seeds is soluble, which aids in digestion. People who are not accustomed to large amounts of fiber are advised to start consuming chia seeds in small quantities.

Some studies suggest that eating chia seeds is beneficial to fighting diabetes and cardiovascular risk markers, reports About.com. However, consuming chia seeds has the potential to reduce the absorption of certain medications. An ounce of chia seeds has 180 milligrams of calcium and 96 milligrams of magnesium. They are also low in carbohydrates and almost none of it is sugar or starch.

It is advised by About.com to consume chia seeds with water or some type of liquid, because the seeds suck up a lot of liquid in the body. It helps to serve them with yogurt or homemade sugar-free jello, or to blend them into smoothies and shakes. It is also possible to make "tapioca" with chia seeds and coconut cream.

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