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Chia Seeds

Studies show that chia seeds can treat diabetes, boost energy and more

Posted December 16, 2013

Chia is a species of flowering plant that bears oval-shaped, multicolored seeds. These seeds, which have a neutral taste and crunchy texture, have been cultivated for centuries as a survival food in their native Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds had only just begun to enjoy recognition in the United States, however, when the eccentric Californian gadget company, Joseph Enterprises, began to market them in the 1980s as “Chia Pets,” which are terracotta figurines that sprouted chia.

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Chia Seed: Stamina Sustainer

Posted June 5, 2013

Stamina is the capacity to continue an activity for some period of time or to repeat a movement continuously. The length of time that we require to keep going determines the type of stamina required. It ranges from local muscular stamina, which is required to perform a series of powerful movements, such as press-ups or wood chopping, to total stamina, where sustained effort is required during a prolonged period. It could be measured in hours, as with the long-distance runner, or even days or weeks, as in the case of Arctic explorers.

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Chia seeds are a superfood treasure

Posted June 1, 2013

Many people know that flax seed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and will be happy to know that they have another available source in the chia seed. This tiny seed has many advantages over flax; it doesn’t need to be ground to access the nutrients, and the seeds can be stored for long periods of time without deteriorating. Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax.

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Natural Health: Chia seeds can do much for your health

Posted February 19, 2013

Chia seeds are becoming more popular and are now easily found in the health food section of most grocery stores. Chia seed is the common name for Salvia Hispanica. It is a species of a flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.

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Brew up a wealth of healthful benefit with chai tea

Posted December 12, 2012

Next time you are savoring a creamy cup of Indian chai tea, here’s something to ponder: The characteristic spicy flavor is also what makes chai outrageously healthy. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, anise and black tea are superfoods in their own right and should be enjoyed often. What better way than in a delicious, warming brew? The trick is to make your own — commercial varieties are loaded with sugar, pasteurized dairy and other unsavory ingredients which negate any health enhancing features.

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Chia seeds raise blood ALA and EPA levels for postmenopausal women: Study

Posted July 13, 2012

Consumption of chia seeds, rich in ALA, may increase blood levels of the long chain omega-3 EPA by 30% for postmenopausal women, says a new study from the Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina.

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High Folate Intake Linked to Better Grades in Swedish Teens

Posted April 30, 2012

Swedish teenagers who are deficient in folate have poorer grades than teens who have a high folate intake, according to new research in Pediatrics. The link between folate intake and academic performance is independent of socioeconomic status, senior author Torbjorn K. Nilsson, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at

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Water Increases Resting Energy Expenditure

Posted April 30, 2012

Israeli researchers reported an increase of up to 25 percent in resting energy expenditure (REE) after drinking 10 ml kg-1 of cold water in overweight children, lasting more than 40 minutes(Int J Obesit. 2011;35:1295-1300). Previous studies showed drinking water significantly elevated REE in adults, and low water intake was associated with obesity and lesser success in weight reduction. The current study addressed the potential of water drinking to increase the REE in children, as an additional tool for weight management.

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Zinc Decreases Mortality in Children With Pneumonia

Posted April 30, 2012

In a study conducted in Africa, children aged 6 to 59 months who had severe pneumonia had reduced mortality when receiving zinc in addition to standard antibiotics, a new study has found. In addition, the reduction in mortality was greater among HIV-infected than non-HIV-infected children.

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Breastfeeding may prevent asthma

Posted April 30, 2012

Feeding a baby on only breast milk and for up to 6 months after birth can reduce their risk of developing asthma-related symptoms in early childhood, according to new research.

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