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Scared of Statins? 5 Ways Chia Seeds Can Help You Lower Your Cholesterol

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 €œ“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 isn’t 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 ‘€œRoughage’€ 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 ‘€œLinoleic’€. You usually get this from raw plant-source foods, but who gets enough of those these days? With Chia Seeds, you won’t 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 they’re 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: ‘€œYou 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:

This author is from MySeeds Chia Seeds & has also produced the 2 free cook books found there, as well as several educational and cooking how-to videos. Don’t forget your free shipping on top quality chia seeds too!

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October 6, 2009 at 2:40 am Leave a comment

Chia Seed: Miracle Food

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Chia seeds for quality Omega-3s

Mila chia seed bag 454gChia Seeds These little seeds have nothing to do with the Chia Pet, the popular herb planter. Chia seeds are used like flaxseed, to provide omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. In many ways chia seeds are even better than flaxseed. Chia seeds provide higher levels of omega-3’s, they don’t become rancid with age, and they digest well even when eaten whole. They have the same delicious nutty taste as flaxseeds.

Omega-3’s are the good fats that nourish the brain, lower cholesterol, protect against inflammation and ward off heart disease. Cold-water fish is the usual source for omega-3’s in our diet. But, as concerns grow about the presence of toxic heavy metals in fish, alternative plant sources of omega-3’s, like flaxseed and chia seed, will become more important. You’ll be happy to hear that, unlike fish, chia seeds have no cholesterol. Unlike flaxseed, chia seeds can be stored a long time without becoming rancid.

The black and the white chia seeds are both equally nutritious. Jam-packed full of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin and zinc, as well as lots of fiber, chia seeds offer a wealth of nutrition for the buck. Vegetarians will find them a valuable protein source when fish is not in their diet.

The chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, and have been eaten for thousands of years. Chia was a food staple of the Aztecs and Mayan Indians, and was used to relieve joint pain and skin conditions. Present-day crops are grown in Arizona and Latin America.

Use chia seeds the same way you use flaxseeds. Sprinkle chia seeds on your breakfast cereal, on your yogurt and in your salad. Bake them into muffins and breads. Eat a spoonful of chia seeds as a snack. If you prefer to take a capsule, chia oil is available in capsule form, just like flaxseed oil. You’re going to hear lots more about chia seeds as interest grows.

I’ve been using Mila chia seeds for some 5 months now, and have experienced higher metabolic rate, great energy and metabolism, great elimination, suppler skin, and lost a total of 20 lbs.

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October 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

Diet help. The chia seed

Author: Lea Davies

I’m always on the hunt for new WEIGHT LOSS HELP, and discovered one of the best TIPS TO LOSE WEIGHT that I’ve ever seen.

It’s called the CHIA SEED, and was widely used by the Aztec’s but virtually disappeared after they were conquered by the Spanish. They called it “The Running Seed” and would consume it before battle for energy and endurance.

This amazing little seed is wonderful if you need HELP LOSING WEIGHT, and there are many ways in which they can be used.

When CHIA SEEDS are exposed to any liquid (preferably filtered water, you’ll find out why later), it’s weight and size increases at a ratio of about 9-1. A gel coating forms around the outside of the seed and is very difficult to remove, so when ingested, the body will treat it as food, thinking it’s full, but because the gel is made of water, you won’t be adding any calories.

You can also sprinkle them onto food and it will work in the same way. When the Seeds reach the stomach, the gel will form around them making you feel fuller (and let’s face it, hunger is the dieter’s biggest enemy). The gel is then slowly removed in the intestines which will help hydrate you and keep your digestive system moving.

The gel is one of the main benefits of the Chia Seed as it’s believed to create a barrier between Carbohydrates and Digestive Enzymes which slows the conversion rate of Carbohydrate to Sugar, which will then help to keep the blood sugar at a stable level and in turn will help to reduce FOOD CRAVINGS.

But it doesn’t end there. The gel can be used in cooking. If you simply must have that Cookie or piece of cake, you still can but with half the fat. If your recipe states 8 tablespoons of butter (melted), use 4 tablespoons of butter and 4 tablespoons of Chia gel and bake as normal. These amazing little seeds have no taste of their own, but will enhance the flavour of anything they are added to. This is why it is better to use filtered water only as some area’s have fluoride added to their tap water so therefore, the Chia will enhance this flavour as well.

How to make CHIA GEL.

1 tablespoon of CHIA SEEDS.

9 tablespoons of WATER.

Stir to prevent lumps and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes. This produces the gel which can be used as if it were oil or butter in any recipe. Cover and it will keep in the fridge for 1 week.

Nutritionally it’s good for you too. It contains 15 x more magnesium than Broccoli, more anti-oxidants than Blueberries, as much vitamin C as in 6 oranges, nearly 9 x the amount of Omega 3 as in Salmon, double the amount of fibre found in Bran Flakes, nearly 3 x more iron than Spinach, more protein than Soy, 2 x the amount of potassium in a Banana, 6 x the amount of Calcium found in whole milk and naturally contains Boron, which transfers Calcium into your bones. It contains NO CHOLESTEROL, and is good for Vegetarians as it contains complete proteins,making for an all round, HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS DIET.

But to top it all off, pesticides don’t need to be used when growing the seeds because the plants leaves and stems produce an oil which insects and other pests hate, making it 100% natural. So by adding Chia to your food, you’ll be improving the taste as well as maintaining A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET.

No wonder it’s being hailed as a super food. In my opinion, this has to be one of the BEST WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT.

So if your hungry before lunch, add a few of these little beauties to a bottle of WATER and you won’t be tempted to snack.

Warmest Regards

Lea
Disclaimer

This free report is offered for informational purposes only. It should not or ever be taken as or construed as medical advice. Always consult with a qualified health professional before making any changes in your diet, prescription drug use, and lifestyle or exercise routine. This information is provided as-is, and the reader assumes all risks from the use, non-use or misuse of this information.

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Lea Davies is passionate about reaching out to people with weight problems. Why not visit Lea at www.freeweightlossmyway.com and discover how she successfully lost weight. IT’S ALL FREE SO YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR WEIGHT 🙂

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September 30, 2009 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Acid Reflux Symptoms – the Miraculous Chia Seed Remedy!

Author: Charles Stewart Richey

We’ve all seen those funny little clay animals that sprout hair when watered. They are covered in chia seed. They have been around for years and have become an American tradition. Who would have thought that those same tiny seeds would now be considered an important source of nutrition?

Chia comes from the Aztec word, “chian”, which means oily. It is high in omega-3 fatty acid; in fact it has more than any other grain – even more than flax seed. It has the perfect omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. This unsaturated fatty acid is essential for most successful functions of the body.

Since 2,500 B.C. chia seed have been used as human food. Known as “the running food”, these seeds were cultivated by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. We are just now beginning to discover the importance of this grain.

Chia is loaded with calcium, boron and other necessary minerals; antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It is a complete source of protein, with all the amino acids in perfect balance. It is indeed the perfect food. The ancient Aztecs valued chia to the extent that it was traded as currency. In those times anything which could increase endurance and control the appetite, was considered invaluable. It enabled them to sustain themselves on long hunting expeditions and war raids.

Chia seed has the ability to absorb approximately 12 times its weight in liquid. Because of this factor, it is a dieter’s dream come true. If made into what is called “chia gel”, it becomes a nutritious drink that fills you up, thus decreasing the appetite. To make this gel, simply add 1/3 cup chia seed to two cups of water. Stir well, breaking up any clumps and store in the refrigerator for twelve hours before drinking. You can store it there for at least two weeks. I make mine in a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid.

Drinking a third cup of chia gel at the onset of acid reflux can eliminate it for many people. Try drinking that much three times a day. It might prevent acid reflux from occurring at all. I know of people who swallow a teaspoon of raw seeds if they experience acid reflux. The seeds absorb the acid just as they do water. Of course you wouldn’t want to ingest too much raw seed at a time unless you have a tremendous amount of acid… it might absorb your stomach. It is best to be conservative and find out what is effective for you.

Chia has other beneficial qualities, as well. It has a neutral taste. It is very easily digested and assimilated. It is soothing to the stomach and esophagus and it has healing properties. Like slippery elm, it is rich in mucilloid soluble fiber, thus allowing it to quell the burning pain of acid reflux in the esophagus and stomach. In ancient times the Indians used it to prevent infection and accelerate healing time, by packing the seed into open wounds.

Chia gel can be incorporated into many other foods without diluting flavor, while displacing fat and calories. It works brilliantly to enhance flavor while replacing fat. For these reasons, chia gel should be an important, if not vital, part of the acid reflux diet.

For breakfast it can be mixed with hot oatmeal, pancakes, and biscuits dough. It’s delicious mixed into scrambled eggs. Ground chia seed can be used in baking bread or as a simple topping on many dishes. Use chia seed gel in yogurt, jams and jellies. Its great mixed into polenta, grits, smoothies and milk shakes. Try it in you favorite blended health mix drink.

Chia gel can be added to soups, salad dressings and even the stuffing that you put in a chicken. The possibilities are practically endless. Try introducing ¼ cup of chia gel into your favorite potato salad recipe, reducing the mayonnaise, in like. It can be used in many baking recipes as a substitution for fat.

Put it the kid’s food. They will never know the difference, as it actually enhances the flavor of food. They will love it! Feed it to your dogs. I put it in my fourteen year old Jack Russell Terrier’s food every day. Not only does he have better digestion and energy, he has better bowel movements. By the way, the F.D.A considers chia a food with an established history of safe consumption.

Chia gel slows the release of carbohydrates and their conversion to glucose (blood sugar). So, besides controlling acid reflux, loosing weight, increasing endurance, chia has the added benefit of reducing blood sugar and hypertension. Because of its high unsaturated fatty acid content, it can even help with prostate problems. I do not think anyone could go wrong by making chia seed a part of their every day life. Because of its incredible health-giving aspects, chia seed is the perfect food for everyone. It is certainly a Godsend for the acid reflux sufferer, in so many ways.

So try chia seed now. You have nothing to loose but a little weight. You could improve your digestion and overall health. It’s certainly worth a try.

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September 6, 2009 at 3:51 am Leave a comment

‘Doctor to the stars’endorses MILA

Sam_Gershenbaum_wcreditsAs a board certified plastic surgeon, I am truly blessed to have one of the busiest cosmetic surgery practices in South Florida. My clientele comes not only from Florida, but from across the United States and all over the world. A virtual who’s who, our patient list includes super models and cover girls, playmates, celebrity actors and pro athletes, as well as people like you and me. My success is due in great part to my reputation, and as such, my reputation means everything to me. Over the years, I have been approached countless times to endorse and offer health care products ranging from vitamins and supplements to various antioxidants and juices. Until now, I have never promoted or endorsed any such products. Therefore, it was a very big decision when I decided to endorse Mila and to promote it to my patients, friends and family.

Since incorporating Mila into my practice, I have witnessed the effect that it has had on individuals suffering from constipation, arthritis, ADHD, depression, fibromyalgia, and many types of chronic pain. I have seen acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms disappear, as well as significant drops in LDL cholesterol in several people. I have one patient who has suffered from debilitating menstrual cramps throughout her entire life and since she began eating Mila, she no longer experiences that pain.

On top of that, I have had countless people tell me that they have far greater energy than they’ve had in years. Many of my patients are professional models who have noticed that their hair and nails grow much faster, stronger and healthier than before.

Besides proving to be one of the most important nutrients for health, studies show that omega-3’s have an incredible impact on healing after surgery. They increase blood supply to healing tissues by improving microcirculation; the greater the blood supply, the better and faster the healing. Also, omega-3’s are a natural anti-inflammatory and they also improve immune function. What can be better for healing after surgery than improved blood supply, reduced inflammation and improved immune function? This is exactly the reason that I want all of my patients on Mila. I have become such a believer in the power of this raw, whole food that I have become the first plastic surgeon to add Mila to my patients’ list of pre-operative and post-operative requirements.

I urge all doctors to keep an open mind regarding Mila and consider recommending it for the benefit of their patients. My family and I take it daily to supplement our health. Mila is truly a super-food and I do believe the healthiest food on the planet. Anyone who is interested in their health and the health of their loved ones should be taking Mila.

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  • 8x more Omega-3 than salmon
  • 6x more Calcium than milk
  • 3x more Iron than spinach
  • 2x more Potassium than bananas
  • 15x more Magnesium than broccoli
  • 2x more Fiber than bran flakes
  • 6x more Protein than kidney beans
  • 4x Selenium than flax seed
  • 9x more Phosphorous than whole milk
  • much more Antioxidants than blueberries

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August 18, 2009 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Which is your favorite grain?

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.

grains_comparison_chart

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.

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July 23, 2009 at 1:48 am 1 comment

Gastroenterologist Dr. Mitchell Davis DO, FACOI talks about Omega-3 and Mila (part 1)

Gastroenterologist, Dr. Mitchell Davis, DO, FACOI talks about Omega-3 fatty acids and Mila by Lifemax.


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July 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm 1 comment

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