Chia Seed—The Ancient Food of the Future; by Bill Anderson, cont’d
Another unique quality of the Chia seed is its high oil content and the richest vegetable source for the essential omega-3 fatty acid. It has approximately three to ten times the oil concentrations of most grains and one and a half to two times the protein concentrations of other grains. These oils, unsaturated fatty acids, are the essential oils your body needs to help emulsify and absorb the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, & K.
Chia seeds are rich in the unsaturated fatty acid, linoleic, which the body cannot manufacture. When there are rich amounts of linoleic acid sufficiently supplied to the body through diet, linoleic and arachidonic acids can be synthesized from linoleic acid. Unsaturated fatty acids are important for respiration of vital organs and make it easier for oxygen to be transported by the blood stream to all cells, tissues, and organs. They also help maintain resilience and lubrication of all cells and combine with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that hold the body cells together.
Unsaturated fatty acids are essential for normal glandular activity, especially of the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland. They nourish the skin cells and are essential for healthy mucus membranes and nerves. The unsaturated fatty acids function in the body by cooperating with vitamin D in making calcium available to the tissues, assisting in the assimilation of phosphorus, and stimulating the conversion of carotene into vitamin A. Fatty acids are related to normal functioning of the reproductive system. Chia sees contain beneficial long-chain triglycerides (LCT) in the right proportion to reduce cholesterol on arterial walls.
[The following information is not part of Bill Anderson’s Article]
Chia seeds have more omega-3 than any other natural source, and are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and vitamins: including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, and zinc.
Chia seeds are THE BEST source of Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids! The optimum ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 should be 3:1. Chia seed provides that ratio. These seeds are perfect for diabetics and people who are trying to lose weight. Chia seeds are also very beneficial to the heart and extremely high in fiber, calcium, high quality protein, and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
The health benefits of Omega-3 are well-known. What is not as well known is that Chia seeds are THE BEST source of Omega-3, better than flaxseed and fish oil! Chia seed is high in protein and high in calcium—5 times the calcium of milk, 631 mg per 100 grams of seeds.