The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are becoming widely known. What is not well known is that chia seed is the best source of omega-3. It is better than fish oil and better than flax seed.
Chia seed is high in protein and high in calcium, with 5 times the calcium of milk, 631 mg per 100 grams of seed. Chia seed is also high in protein, with 18 grams per 100 grams of seed.
Chia seed is rich in antioxidant oils. It contains chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid as well as myricetin, quercetin and kaempferol flavonols. These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants and contribute in a major way to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.
The optimum ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be 3 to 1. Chia seed provides that ratio!
Omega-3 has been found to be helpful for the following health challenges:
High Cholesterol - Taking Omega-3 helps reduce LDL, (the bad cholesterol) and helps increase HDL (the good cholesterol). High Blood Pressure - Many studies have indicated that the addition of Omega-3 helps control high blood pressure. Stroke - Strokes are caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries. The intake of Omega-3 helps control buildup of blood clots and thus helps prevent strokes. Diabetes - Omega-3 can help slow the conversion of carbohydrates to the blood sugar and aid in the control of diabetes. Obesity - The addition of Omega-3 having better control of blood sugar and cholesterol from this fatty acid can help in weight control. Arthritis - Studies have shown that the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acid helps control the inflammation of joints. Osteoporosis - Omega-3 from chia seed has large amounts of calcium. This helps improve bone strength and may even show an increase in bone density. Depression - Those people who do not have sufficient amounts of Omega-3 or do not have a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 may be at higher risk level for depression. Omega_3 helps nerve cell membranes communicate with one another, which is important in maintaining good mental health. Skin Disorders - With proper amounts of Omega-3, the skin is better protected from the UV rays of the sun. Some believe that it may also be helpful in treating acne. Cancer - Proper amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids has been shown in some cases to lower the rate of colorectal cancer. Eskimos who eat large amounts of fish containing Omega-3, have a lower rate of colon cancer.
Your body does not produce Omega-3. It must be consumed in your diet. Chia seeds like those contained in the Marquis Nutra Foods is the best source of obtaining Omega-3.