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Author: Emily Morris
Scared of Statins? Don’t want costly prescriptions? Lower Your Cholesterol the Easy Chia Way!
All you have to do is turn on the TV and you’ll know that millions of people have a cholesterol problem. Major drug companies can’t seem to advertise their pharmaceuticals enough! However, if the idea of spending loads of money on prescriptions every month isn’t something you enjoy, it might be time to look for another, healthier solution.
You might have also noticed that Statin Drugs have come under a negative light in some studies. It’s known that they deplete body levels of Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) which is something your heart needs in order to function correctly. They can also deplete other critical nutrients from the body, and sometimes lower good cholesterol as well. Sure, you can supplement with Co-Q10 pills, but that’s even more money out of your pocket! So aside from all the expense, do you really want to risk these negative effects?
The good news is, you can lower your cholesterol naturally, and inexpensively through food. You may have seen the claims on famous products like Cheerie-o and Quaker Oats , that “soluble fiber combined with a low saturated fat diet may reduce the risk of heart disease“. There’ s more to it then that, and it’s all beneficial to you!
A low fat diet is great, but you also need some pro-active cholesterol cleaners in your corner if you really want to beat down the threat of hardening arteries and cholesterol clogs. The key isn’t to avoid all fats or cholesterol sources, because your body actually needs some to function properly. It’s the ability to sweep away the bad and encourage the good that will lead to better health.
Your key to success can be the Chia Seed, but only if you take action.
How can tiny seeds you’ve never heard of put the brakes one such a big problem as cholesterol? There are so many ways, and you can examine each one in this article. Read exactly about how each fascinating facet benefits you:
First: Soluble Fiber
The exterior of the chia seed is covered in soluble fiber. But this isnât just any soluble fiber, like that of an oat or flax seed. The fiber of Chia is special, in that it can absorb NINE times the weight of the seed in water, and hold it close to the surface. When it does this, it forms a bead of gel, with the consistency of a gelatin snack. This gel isn’t easily removed from the seed. It takes the digestive system a while to use and remove it, thus hydrating the colon and easing digestion.
Second: Insoluble fiber
Insoluble fiber cannot be digested or absorbed by the body. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Roughage’ and acts as a sweeper in the intestines. When food doesn’t sit around or become overly dry in the colon, toxic substances don’t build up. Unfriendly bacteria does’t get the chance to go to work. When insoluble fiber is taking up space in the digestive system, you’re more likely to feel full for longer and thus not eat as much at meal time. Losing excess weight is another key to keeping cholesterol down.
Third: Unsaturated Fatty Acids
These may sound complicated, but they’re important for cell respiration (oxygen transported into cells), the lubrication and resilience of cells. There’s an especially important fatty acid that your body can’t make. It’s called ‘Linoleic’. You usually get this from raw plant-source foods, but who gets enough of those these days? With Chia Seeds, you wonât have to worry about it. They’re rich in this important nutrient.
How are these important for your cholesterol? They combine with cholesterol in the body to form membranes that hold cells together. It puts cholesterol to good use, but only if you have enough of it to make the combination!
Fourth: Long-Chain triglycerides
These large molecules take a stand to scrub cholesterol off of artery walls, but only when eaten in the right proportions. Chia seeds have these long chain triglycerides in the right proportions to help reduce it for you.
Fifth: Risk Factors
Reducing or eliminating risk factors for high cholesterol is important as well. Some risk factors you can’t do anything about, like heredity. But others such as obesity and diabetes you can help to control with Chia. (The soluble fiber in chia seeds helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the transformation of carbohydrates into sugars)
Understanding that not all fats are bad, and taking in healthy oils is an important part of a balanced diet. There are so many delicious chia seed recipes, including breakfast bars, granola, fruit smoothies and more that adding this tiny seed to your diet is a snap.
What makes it extra amazing is, that unlike other health foods, you can make these seeds taste like whatever you want. They absorb any liquid theyâre placed in, (Remember Fact #1) and distribute the flavor. They have no flavor of their own, so they can’t cover up or ‘ruin’ the taste of foods you love. They’re as easy to use as ‘measure & sprinkle on’! No messy grinding or any preparation is needed.
With the chia seed, you get all the nutrition, and all the taste. Remember: ‘You Are What You Eat’ so eating healthy is a big step toward being healthy. Chia isn’t some foreign miracle-berry or fruit grown in a far off land and sold at a premium price either–these seeds cost under a dollar a day.
If you’re looking for an all natural, pesticide free, delicious and EASY way to lower your cholesterol, consider adding chia seeds to your diet, you’ll be amazed at what they can do for you!
About the Author:
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For years, I’ve been trying to limit grain from my diet, in the hope of sending off the excess pounds as well. Grain is carbohydrates, which are essential for energy, but which the body converts to sugar when in excess.
First to go was barley. Not easy at first, but somehow in the middle of a decided effort to clean out my system, I quit smoking cold turkey, and with it went the beer.
Next to go was corn. That was very very difficult, because I’ve always loved corn, especially the Japanese sweet ones. In the 60s, on our weekend trips to Tagaytay in the 60s, we would stop by this grocery (one of the few groceries back then) on Aurora Blvd. where Momi would pick up a medium bag of tube ice, and two bags of foot-long ears of cooked sweet yellow corn, cold but not frozen. During the 30-minute trip up to the rim of the extinct volcano, then known as Tagaytay Ridge, we would all enjoy our own ears of corn, no sharing and no left-0vers. But the time we werebit off the last kernels, we were being greeted by the mesmerizing site of the smallest volcano on earth, and ready to jump off the car to run around the huge lawn of our simple one-story resthouse. Now back to my diet.
From the book by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo entitled Eat Right for Your Type, I learned that corn actully slows down the metabolism of Os like me. I realized then that this was why I started to bloat when I stopped teaching dance regularly a decade ago. I developed a craving for Japanese sweet corn that one can easily buy in Katipunan Avenue, reviving wonderful childhood memories and an insatiable taste for sweet yellow corn. Till now, I have to consciously stop myself from eating more than a fourth of an ear of corn.
Without trying too hard, I take wheat breads no more than once a week. I’ve discovered breads and pasta noodles made from yam (camote) which are actually tasty.
But rice is almost impossible to do away with. We just have too many wonderful dishes that need the balancing tastelessness and texture of freshly-boiled rice, as well as the fried and sauteed versions of this Filipino staple.
Yet, Ive noticed that since some 10 weeks ago when I first started taking MILA the miracle chia seeds, not only did I take less rice, but also generally ate much less than. That’s because I felt full for longer periods of time. yet had so much energy to complete all my chores and aks for the day.
Found this very useful and revealing chart on the website of Lifemax. Didnt notice it until today, because I had always concentrated on the wondrous effects of perfect balance of Omega fatty acids that the Mila chia seeds was getting famous for.
This chart compared the nutrient values of Mila the miracle chia seed vs the more common grains we regularly take in today.
What we find is the incredible superiority of MILA to other grains — so much energy, protein, lipids, fiber, and just half the carbohydrates as the grains.
You may be interested in more information on omega fatty acids, proteins, fiber and phytonutrients. milaNutritionpd
By the way, did I tell you that I am now excited everytime I step on the weighing scale, because the pointer always points to the left of my weight two months ago. Yes I’ve actually lost 14 lbs as of this afternoon’s weigh-in. Am slowly nearing my target of losing 40 lbs…. only 26 more to go.
(Excerpts from an interview of Dr. Wayne Coates, by Fred Liers of Interview with Dr. Wayne Coates: Chia Seeds (Part 1)
Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds
Fred: Do you get much feedback from your customers? What do they tell you about their experiences with chia?
Dr. Coates: Yes, we get a fair number of calls. They tell us what chia seeds have done for their health. I always tell them to post their comments on our website, the commercial site for Arizona Chia.
Fred: I frequently hear from people about their experiences with consuming chia seeds available from Integrated Health. People have reported major benefits from chia seeds for their health and healing. Benefits like increased energy, better digestion, improved skin tone, and help for blood sugar issues.
People also report that chia helps their pets. Dogs and cats have experienced remarkable results. Pet owners will grind the chia, and serve it to their pets mixed with food. Pets with blood sugar control issues have been helped in particular. Diabetic pets can receive lower insulin dosages, and some go off it altogether.
Dr. Coates: We receive similar reports from customers. We’ve heard some truly amazing things, but generally we don’t go into much detail telling people about what to expect from chia. Everyone has their own perception of what chia seeds can do. Call it mind over matter. If nothing else, you can believe what you want, and if you really believe it, then that’s what it is. There’s no arguing against or changing a belief.
Let’s assume that chia affects a certain person in a specific way, and honestly it does. That is only the experience of that particular person because different people have different experiences with chia. Or it can depend upon the conditions they may have because then there can be different effects. For example, one person’s results using chia could depend upon how effectively their digestive system is working, but another person’s results could be entirely different.
Fred: Another person may reap a different set of benefits?
Dr. Coates: Exactly. So we’re not promoting chia for any particular purpose. We do say what it contains, like the balanced essential fats, and let customers decide whether chia may be helpful for them.
Now, what is true is that the nutrients in chia seeds have been shown to have certain effects. Fiber has been shown to have certain effects. Antioxidants have been shown to have certain effects. Essential fats have been shown to have certain effects. And so on. We say “These are the nutrients chia has in it.” Then people can decide.
Fred: I know that for myself, consuming chia seeds has given me a lot more energy. I take chia daily in my favorite superfood smoothies, green superfoods, or vegetable juices. I usually grind it first because it goes better in smoothies that way. I definitely notice that I become energized, have more endurance, and more brainpower. If I consume chia two or three times per day, then the effects are greater.
I find that a chia gel smoothie is a major power-up “lunch” or afternoon pick-me-up. I like to include green superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, or Rejuvenate right into my smoothies. I use a Vita-Mix machine, but any blender or shaker jar works. If I’m on-the-go, I may shake up some chlorella with my chia gel smoothie in a mason jar. For anyone interested, there is a basic recipe for a chia gel smoothie posted on the website: (http://www.integratedhealth.com/rec…) .
Chia to me is very exciting because it is a superfood that truly makes life better. Almost anyone can eat chia and improve their health and their quality of life. In this regard, I think superfoods like chia can change the world for the better. Is that too big of a statement?
Dr. Coates: No, not at all. That’s the whole thing. If people were eating superfoods like chia, they would be a lot healthier and have a lot fewer health problems. It certainly would help their health situation, let’s put it that way, in one way or another. I’m not saying exactly how it would help any particular individual, but it would definitely help them.
Fred: I agree. You know, I try to do a lot of good things for myself, and chia is a major component of my health regimen. I consume plenty of chlorella, fresh vegetable juices, salads, and nutrient-dense foods like chia seeds. My nutritional supplement regimen is based around several core supplements, which include a high-quality multivitamin, a vitamin C formula, and essential fats. Those are basics. Then I can add herbs or other supplements depending on more immediate requirements.
Dr. Coates: That is interesting! Well, we know that chia is a food that has no known limits on its consumption, and it definitely combines well with many other foods.
Fred: With respect to chia seeds as a superfood, and the growing level of awareness of it among people interested in health, it is evident that many individuals are awakening to a greater understanding of the role of foods and nutrition in human wellness. I consider it a great awakening, since we in modern civilization have in many ways destroyed our health during the past century, mostly through mass surrender to junk foods, health-damaging lifestyles, stress, and extremely dysfunctional systems of medicine.
I definitely see changes happening, mostly for individuals who are seeking healthier ways of being, and who are willing to look way past conventional models of nutrition, the food pyramid, and all that propaganda. Given such positive changes in awareness, what do you see as the future of chia?
Dr. Coates: That is not so easy to predict because there are so many companies simply talking about it right now. As I said, when a player finally comes along like a Whole Foods Market or a Trader Joe’s – or a similarly-sized company – and they are selling chia and doing some promotion for it, that’s when we will see it take off.
Fred: We are not quite there yet?
Dr. Coates: Well, it is happening. But think of how many other products companies want to sell. I’m so busy with my projects, I don’t have the time to visit stores to make the case for chia.
Fred: That’s not part of your mission.
Dr. Coates: Well, it is my job in a sense. But actually it won’t be necessary for me to go to stores and persuade them to sell chia. Demand is becoming great enough that people are asking for it. Store owners and managers hear questions, such as “What is chia?” and “Do you carry chia?” That’s how it is happening.
Fred: Demand for chia is speaking for itself.
Dr. Coates: Yes, and soon larger companies will start seriously investigating it. Part of their reservation has been ensuring adequate supply. If they decide to go for it, but they have only 2,000 bags when they need 20,000 bags, then they get into trouble when their customers can’t be supplied.
Fred: Is the chia supply rising?
Dr. Coates: Yes, the supply is rising and we can ramp it up, if we want. But until buyers purchase large quantities, the question becomes who is going to produce chia if there is a likelihood that it will sit around waiting for a buyer? It’s always a chicken and egg question. What’s there: demand or supply?
That’s one of the basic issues with any of these “new” crops like chia seeds. That is, achieving a balance between demand and supply. Demand may be there, but then they say there’s no supply. Or the supply might be there, that is, we can grow the chia, but then the question will be who is going to buy it. The issue of supply and demand remains until we can work it out, and currently is fundamental with chia production and distribution.
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Not all Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the human body. Ive learned this today from Dr. Wayne Coates, perhaps the world’s foremost educator on chia seeds. Dr. Coates was among the first to grow chia seeds experimentally (as far back as 1991) and later for commercial purposes. An expert in the field of new crops such as chia and jojoba, his career as a research professor at the University of Arizona spanned over twenty-five years. Dr. Coates holds a doctorate in Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He is the co-author with Ricardo Ayerza of Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs, 2005.
Dr. Coates avers that not all the Omega-3 fatty acids that we take as part of our diet is essential. Most of us take in fish oils and algae oils, which contain mostly EPA and DHA Omega-3 acids, which are not essentially needed by the body. The more important Omega-3 fatty acids known ALA (alpha linolenic acids) are often missing from our diets. Yet, the needed ALA can be obtained from a regular intake of the Aztec superfood chia seed, marketing under the brand name MILA the Miracle seed.
Dr. Coates talks about Omega-3 fatty acids in the following video. (Please click on the link Is Mila a good source of Omega-3s?
Nutrition expert Dr. Weil said,
“A healthful and interesting addition to my diet. My prediction? You will begin to see chia being added to more and more commercial products, such as prepared baby foods, nutrition bars, and baked goods.”
More testimonials on the positive effects of MILA on people’s health.
“As a marathon runner and triathlon participant I was always looking for a way to supplement my diet to replace what training was draining from my system. In my search for the most natural way to supplement my daily nutrition shakes I saw an article in Men’s Health that referenced the Chia Pet and the seeds it used. After some research I was introduced to Mila and its benefits.”
“Since then I’ve replaced one of my powder supplements, flax seed, etc.. The main ingredient in my daily shakes is the seeds. My system has taken to the supplement like wildfire. The first test will be my 15th Peachtree Road Race this weekend. If my daily runs are any indication, my time should be a record.”
— Lee H.
“I want to give you feedback on the effect of the product on my son after only one scoop last night and one this morning.Â I noticed this morning that he actually got up without a fight, he got ready in a timely manner (rather than staring off into space), andÂ got off to school without the usual dragging of his feet and lack of enthusiasm.Â I followed up with my sonâ€™s teacher who reported that he came to class, sat down and started doing his work, something she has not seen in him in a very long time.Â I am delighted with this change after such a short time with the Lifemax product. What a difference!â€
— Sarah D.
“The joyous day I learned I was pregnant, it wasn’t about me anymore; I was then responsible for someone else’s life. Eating Mila daily was the very best thing I could do for the precious life I was carrying. I was so elated that I had been consuming Mila every day for six months before hand, which put my body in optimal health for conception. At the first pre-natal appointment with the OBGYN, not aware of Mila, he presented many prescription samples of processed omega 3 pills from which I was to choose. I told him, “No, thank you, I’m eating Mila!”
After conception, I increased my intake to two scoops daily to give our baby the perfect nutrients to grow strong and healthy the way God intended. Every morning at breakfast, I would say, “Eat your Mila, baby!”
After birth, she scored a nine on her APGAR test. With a proud chuckle, I asked the doctor, “Why not a ten?” “She’s as close as it gets; no baby grades a ten”, he said with a grin. That made my husband, Brian, and I both smile from ear to ear! I believe Mila had a lot to do with our baby being healthy and my having had an ideal pregnancy. Knowing our daughter had Mila from conception to birth makes us feel we did the best thing for her. As a mother, that is the most comforting feeling in the world.
I would encourage women, who are pregnant, or who want to become pregnant, to look into the medical research documenting the many benefits of Omega 3’s for fetal development, especially the brain. It’s the most important nutrient you can give your unborn child.
Now, I’m breastfeeding and she gets the nutrients from Mila in that way. I continue to eat two scoops of Mila every day. And when she starts solids, I’ll incrementally add Mila to her food. Every day she surprises us at how alert, smart and strong she is and how she is advancing. Because of Mila she has such a head start on life from a health standpoint. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
Our daughter’s name is Esabella Ryan Bilbro. She was born December 22, 2008, 7:53 AM, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 21 inches and she is the first Lifemax baby. She is our “Why!” We call her our Mila Baby and I’m the Mila Momma!
Thank you, Dr. Coates for re-discovering God’s perfect food and assembling your masterpiece, Mila. To Lifemax, thank you for distributing the World’s Healthiest Whole Raw Food and helping me be an amazing mother right from the start!”
— Meredith B.
“I have lost 36 pounds since January the 8th. My son gave me a bag of Mila in January. I somewhat reluctantly took the bag of Mila because I have been in a few network marketing companies and was not planning on being involved in another one. Guess what ? I changed my mind. Lifemax has changed my life. I have been on quite a few diets over the years and would either starve myself or have to eat every few hours. I had NO life of my own. So when he gave me a bag of Mila and I slept through the night the first night, I was curious if this food was what helped me sleep through the night. So the 2nd night I took Mila and slept through the night I knew there was something happening for the good. About a week after I had started putting Mila in my orange juice, I got on the scales and had lost 5 pounds. I thought what is with that? I continued to put my Mila in my orange juice or salads or oatmeal and kept losing. People all of a sudden were asking how I was losing my weight. I have lost two sizes in three months. I could tell you all of the other things Mila has done for me. It has helped me sleep through the night, have more energy that I have had in a long long time. I think more clearly and feel so good. I have a goal of losing 35 more pounds before our 40th anniversary in November. I have no doubt at all that I will have lost it before then. Even if I was not losing weight I would eat Mila for the rest of my life. It is a gift to all of us and something that everyone needs to eat. Another thing…my skin is softer and my hair is stronger. Mila is the food that keeps on giving, it truly is a Miracle Seed. Thank you, Lifemax!”
— Patti W.
“My husband has lost 14 pounds since he started taking Mila three months ago. The best thing about the weight loss, is that he has tried many different ways to lose weight and was unsuccessful, always feeling tired and hungry. Mila taken between meals with plain water has helped increase his energy levels and keeps him from feeling hungry and “deprived.”
— Dr. Donna G.
Scientific evidence strongly supports the use of chia as being the most efficient source of omega-3 fatty acids which can be used to enrich foods. Adding chia seeds or meal directly to the final product, or including it in animal diets has not shown any of the problems other omega-3 sources such as flaxseed or marine products have shown such as fishy flavor, animal weight loss, digestive problems, diarrhea, allergies, etc.