Chia seeds helps you fight diabetes

Diabetes, good and bad cholesterol, insulin resistance, triglycerides and blood pressure


Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood glucose levels, which is a result from in the body's inability to produce and use insulin. Diabetes can strike just anyone. According to the diabetes research institute only in the last decade diabetes increased more than 40 percent to almost 26 million Americans. In fact, diabetes takes more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart failure and stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. The following is studies on diabetes related to eating chia seeds


In a study published by the American Diabetes Association show that 20 diabetic patients received either 37 grams of chia seeds, or 37 grams of wheat bran, for 12 weeks. Findings are that consuming chia seeds (botanical name Salvia hispanica L.) along with a high-sugar diet gradually reduces insulin resistance. This Study also finds that consuming chia seeds result in lower insulin levels, lower blood sugar and a reduced body fat.


Type 2 diabetic patients was found to be the most successful by consuming chia seeds. Further studies show that chia is a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of the seedsí ability to slow down digestion thru its gelatinous coating. This gelatinous coating chia seeds develop when exposed to liquids and prevent blood sugar spikes. To be more precise, findings show that an inflammatory marker called hs-CRP went down by 40% and more important that blood pressure went down by 3 to 6 mm/ Hg.

A risk factor called vWF also decreased by 21%. These significant results are the result of the fact that chia seeds are very rich in fibers and form a gel once in contact with a liquid and exactly this gel slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates, avoiding blood sugar spikes after meals, allowing the digestive system to process the sugars in a more stable and gradual manner. Read more on the use of fibers in your diet.


The British Journal of Nutrition published in January 2009 a study with diabetic rats that chia has the ability to reduce the cholesterol and the fat in the blood while normalizing the insulin resistance in. These findings underline the findings of an earlier study conducted in 2007 for the Diabetes Care journal. In this study it was found that chia seeds improved "major and emerging cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes".


About 40 grams daily of chia seeds shows in a research with diabetic subjects that result in significantly decreased systolic blood pressure. A blood protein that is a measure of chronic inflammation called C-reactive protein (CRP) was also reduced significantly. In a study with rats fed with chia seeds it showed a significant decrease in serum triacylglycerol content.


Yet another study showed that a dietary pattern of soy protein, and oat, nopal and chia seed showed a reduction in serum triglyceride levels; serum CRP (C-Reactive Protein test, indicates acute inflammation or infection), and insulin AUC (3). Regarding cardiovascular risk factors DHA has been shown to reduce triglyceride concentrations. Different studies on rats also show that chia seeds raise HDL (the good cholesterol) and lower triglycerides, reduce insulin resistance, belly fat and inflammation.



Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to produce insulin resulting in high blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart failure and stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations.

Eating chia seeds result in lower insulin levels, lower blood sugar and a reduced body fat benefiting especially diabetes type 2 patients.

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