December 12th, 2007


Eat your Chia-pet - it's good for you!

A recent study in Diabetes Care shows some remarkable things about the ChiaRiffic friend from years ago. The study found that the seed used in Chia Pets, (called Chia, which comes from the plant Salvia Hispanica) is basically a "Super Grain," with multiple potential health benefits.

The study was performed on 20 healthy diabetic patients who took in 2 to 4 tablespoons of Salba daily for 12 weeks. Findings included lowered glucose levels, blood was thinner and less prone to clotting (which decreases risk of stroke and heart attacks), a decrease in internal inflammation, and reduced blood pressure by an average of six points. Dr. Amir Hanna, a diabetes specialist who reviewed the study, noted that, "That’s a very important reduction in blood pressure. Actually, some pills don’t lower blood pressure that much."

The research team calculates that 3.5oz of Salba contains:

* the same amount of omega-3’s as 28 ounces of salmon
* as much calcium as 3 cups of milk
* as much iron as five cups of raw spinach