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Chia Seeds – Pros & Cons, Benefits & Warnings – by Dr Sam Robbins

Chia Seeds – Pros & Cons, Benefits & Warnings – by Dr Sam Robbins


Hi, it’s Dr Sam Robbins. Today I want to discuss Chia seeds. It’s one of those “health foods” that
is misunderstood. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant
Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the
Aztecs and Mayans for thousands of years. They utilized them for their ability to provide
sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word
for “strength.” In recent modern days, the Chia Seeds are
considered by many to be a “super food”. Some people even call them one of the healthiest
foods on the planet. And if you take a look at the benefits, you
can see why: Benefits & Pros of Chia Seeds
They’re very high in fiber, which is good for a healthy colon and it can keep you full
for longer periods of time. This also helps with weight loss. They high in calcium, magnesium and boron,
which is important for strong bones. When mixed with water, they form a gel that
aids in digestion. They’re high in important omega 3 fats…
which I’ll discuss in further details in a minute, because it can actually be a negative
aspect of this benefit, specific for chia seeds. It’s well balanced in the macro nutrients
because it contains a good ratio of fats, carbs and proteins. It’s also good if you’re worried about
blood sugar. It has a low glycemic index and load and it
also contains no sugar. … so all in all, you can see why it really
is very healthy. Cons & Warnings of Chia Seeds
So, let’s discuss some of the potential “cons” and I’ll end with a important
warning. Some people are allergic to chia seeds. Sometimes it’s subtle and other times it
very evident. And I’ll tell you why this happens in a
minute. But pay attention to symptoms and signs such
as rashes, hives, and watery eyes. There are also those common ones which are
usually related to foods in general, such as trouble in breathing, vomiting, diarrhea,
and swelling of the tongue. Another problem is stomach and gastrointestinal
problems, such as gas, bloating and constipation. Something else that most people don’t know
is that Chia seeds can thin the blood and can also lower blood pressure. Which can actually be a benefit if you suffer
from poor circulation and hypertension. But if you don’t, it could cause you to
pass out or become fatigued. And the biggest problem I’ve realized is
that despite the fact they are high in omega 3 fats, which are typically anti-inflammatory… Chia seeds actually INCREASE inflammatory
markers and this because of 2 reasons. Poor Conversions
Omega 3 fats are best consumed from fish sources – food or oil. But vegetarian sources such as seeds, like
Flax or Chia, typically only contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is not as active in the body and must
be converted to two other forms of omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — to have the same health benefits as fish omega 3’s. Unfortunately, your body’s ability to convert
ALA is limited. Only about 5% of ALA is converted to EPA,
while less than 0.5% is converted to DHA. And the older we get, the worse the conversions. Thus, just because it’s “high” in omega
3 fats, does NOT mean your body converts and utilizes it. However, if you don’t want to have any fish
products, then these vegetarian sources is all you’ve got – but you’ll need a higher
dosage to get the same benefits of fish oils. Higher In Lectins
The second reason for the inflammation is because they are higher in lectins. And lectins cause inflammation, irritable
bowel syndrome, decrease the immune system, exacerbate autoimmune conditions and lots
of other negative things. However, Chia seeds are not super high in
lectins, it’s more of a “medium high” food. So, if you want to eat them, don’t go overboard,
less is best. And it’s best to soak them in water first
for an hour or two. As with everything, test small and see how
you feel and look. Then, increase the amount or dosage and continue
to monitor how you look and feel. If everything good and you feel great, then
keep doing it. If not, then this or some other particular
food, doesn’t work for your body type, genetics and hormones. At least you know. The hardest part is to pay attention to the
minor changes in your body — good or bad. When you eat food, you should feel good, energized
and it should continue that way for many hours. So, there you have it. Enjoy your chia seeds
Watch out for potential allergies and inflammation due to lectins. Pay attention to how you look and feel. Test small and increase, as long as you feel
good. Well, that’s it for today. I hope this video gave your more clarity. If you found it helpful, great… subscribe
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healthy day!

100 comments on “Chia Seeds – Pros & Cons, Benefits & Warnings – by Dr Sam Robbins

  1. Hi dr sam
    If i keep taking alphaviril pills my testosterone will keep increasing or it’s gonna stop increasing on a specific level ?

  2. How one consume it best way in Pakistan it's available but with dust Packers don't care it becomes the biggest problems reply please any one

  3. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. He is perfect and holy. The penalty for our sin is eternal suffering. But his gift is love and mercy. He loved us so much he gave his only son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Repent from your sins and ask for forgiveness. He loves you and died for you.

  4. Can you talk about eating raw meat? You say eating raw eggs is healthy so what would be bad about eating raw meat like the raw paleo diet insists

  5. Hey Dr.Sam Robbins and guys
    I have a question,is the Japanese lose weight breathing method is actually true?,Basically its inhaling for 3 second and exhaling for 7 second intensely,doing 2-10minutes a day everyday can actually help lose fat and also increase strength.

    Dr.Sam Robbins,as a professional doctor with more intelligence than us can you explain if it actually true,everybody else who knows more thing about this can comment as well

  6. your heart is sooo beautiful..it shows when u explain.u realy wnna give useful infrmtion..thnk you..may allah bless u and your family.☺

  7. I use them as an omega-3 supplement and eat 15g of them per day. I knew it had to be converted, but I didn't knew that the conversion rate is that low.

  8. Hello Dr. Sam. This was another great video.
    Could you please make one on Collagen? Or if you have already direct me to it. Thanks, I love your videos.

  9. I've been searching up online people are mixing water with Raw honey and putting drops in their eyes to make them lighter. Is this true?

  10. I am confuse with this video at one point you said it helps in digestion and other point u said it will create inflamation and Does not help in immune system

  11. Doctor could you please make a video on carrageenan! Is it bad for you (like I heard that it's cancer causing Ingredient) or is it safe. Thank you.

  12. Thanks god finally figured out why I faced gastroinstetinal pain these days, I had already consumed chia seeds bout 2 weeks, and faced gastro uncomfortable and dont know its because of chia seeds, really caused plenty of gas.
    Not so suitable for me**

  13. good info thanks! Could you do a video on carbs and glycogen stores. what are the best carbs and how much do we need therefore avoiding excess turning into fat

  14. Noel from jamaica the chia seed my wife is in the uwi hospital treatment can i give her it for the water retention? Thanks for your reply

  15. Do a video in milk thistle, supports liver health so it can flush out estrogen better, but milk thistle has estrogenic properities, is it worth eating or not?

  16. Dr. Sam Robbins, I am wondering if soaking the chia seeds overnight will help reduce the amount of lectins in the chia seeds? I soak my steel cut oats, rice, nuts, beans and seeds overnight all before cooking them for this exact reason!

  17. I add chia seeds on my oat meal and smoothie and I haven't feel bad in my body at all …and I loose weight too. Thanks Dr. Sam for the info and other knowledge about pros and cons of chia seeds. God bless 😉
    L❤️ve from Philippines!

  18. I started eating chia seeds about a week ago and I feel pretty good. It's helping my digestive system and they're also giving me mental clarity.

  19. i eat chia seeds everyday,and i also mix with juice,or almond milk for breakfast..i am so energetic the whole day ,i am 58 years old and very hard working…my heart burn id gone,my bloating is gone and i feel good everyday..thanks for the info…love from philippines working in macau..

  20. Thank you doc for more great information i try this Chia seed too and I'm feel full and energetic for the whole day.

  21. I feel your video was more honest and reflected some of the problems that we have in taking Chia seeds. I’m going to cut my dosage a bit I think I’m having a reaction to them. And I like the idea of soaking them in water maybe that’s my problem? I recommend this video more than the others you got to be honestIf you’re going to teach

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