Hey, can you tell me what’s up with chia? No one in my family likes taking fish oil and I hear that chia is a great alternative source of super healthy omega-3’s. WTF?!
Personally, I think of Chia pets when I hear the word ‘chia’. Little clay figures that when watered grow out chia sprouts. Pretty novel if you ask me. But, aside from infomercials about a clay cow that grows green ‘hair’, chia in fact has a long a history as a medicinal herb that started in Mexico with the Aztecs. Okay, enough history.
And you’re right; chia is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Many people use the seeds to regulate insulin resistance and decrease abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood for treating diabetes. The seeds are also seen as helpful in treating high blood pressure and in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds' lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids -- specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
Also, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which cites a study published in 2012 in "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry", chia seeds help reduce fat storage in the hearts and livers of laboratory animals. The Cancer Center also says that chia seeds may have anti-cancer properties, although studies with human subjects are still needed. Chia seeds also contain antioxidant compounds, natural chemicals that help destroy free radicals – which can accelerate aging and raise your risk of developing cancer.
So, go get yourself some chia!
The Non Toxic Revolution's mission is to inform, educate and inspire young people to revolt against the dangers of toxic chemicals in their environment and food supply especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. One of the ways NTR educates people is by face to face interaction through our Traveling Education Booth.
In 2012, Keep A Breast participated in 256 events with the goal of educating and speaking to YOU reaching nearly one million young people and educating them on methods of prevention, early detection, and about health risks. For every $2 spent on KAB’s Traveling Education Booth program, Keep A Breast has the opportunity to educate ten more people with life saving information. This year our goal is to raise $100,000 for our Traveling Education Booth to allow us to reach half a million more young people.
Right now the Non Toxic Revolution is about to embark on a 44 date tour on the Vans Warped Tour and we are asking for your help! Every 2 dollars will educate 10 people about lifestyle changes and create a better understanding of the potentially toxic chemicals you eat, drink, slather on everyday. This information is difficult to find and can be challenging when you have no idea which ingredients are harmful and ones you can't even pronounce. There are many publications and science journals available, but few know how to comprehend what they're even saying. We work to break down that barrier and create programs like the WTF?! wheel and and Toxic vs Epic sunscreen guide work to create easy and understandable facts of how to eliminate these dangerous toxic chemicals from your life.
So please join us in donating as little as 2 dollars - or creating your very own fundraising page so you can help us continue sending our traveling education booth on the road!