Chia Seed FAQ

Latest Chia Seed FAQ May 19, 2015

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Chia Seeds as Appetite Suppressant

Question: I am trying to take them for an appetite suppressant and I don't see a direct answer on how to take them. I need to know how often and do I need to soak them or the best benefit for my appetite.

Thank you,

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Chia or Hemp seeds?

Question:  I used to take flax before the above came to be popular.

Now I can not stand flax after I tried chia seeds.

Mostly I want to know how much chia to take & how much water to mix this amount with the night before.

Oh, are the measurements recommended for the whole or the ground chia?


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Chia Seeds - Proper Care and Shelf Life

Question:  What is the proper care for chia seeds and how long will they last when kept.

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Health Issues / Benefits

Taking Chia with Medication…

Question:  I take 80 mg Asprin and I'm on high blood pressure medication is it good to take chia seeds? If yes how much can I take? Why I ask and concern is only because I've been doing research on Chia seeds and came across an article that said if you are on Asprin/high blood pressure medication you should not be taking Chia seeds. Any feedback is much appreciated. Thank you. Marylynne

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Improving Regularity - Appetite Suppressant - Bloating

Question: Can I eat chia seeds as is in a tablespoon at night? Will that give me good fibre to stay regular? I do drink a huge glass of water with it.

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Chia Seeds - Light Headed Question

Question: I took chia seeds (in gel - mixed into my breakfast tuna mix) and am feeling a bit light headed. Is this normal for first use?

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Do Chia Seeds Benefit Joints?

Question: Do chia seed benefit the body joints like the knee?

Answer: You can look at the little chia seeds as little nutrition containers which support the body's intricate functions. The body's joints are included. Here's how I see it.

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Question: Do i need to reduce my insulin when I take chia seeds and how much/ when to take them to not to mix badly with my meds.

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Health Benefits

Question:  How long will it take, consuming chia seeds, to see some benefits, such as improved BP or Blood Sugar?

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Overweight Chia Tips

Question:  I'm overweight, how do I use these chia seeds?

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How Much to Eat

Chia Seeds - How Much a Day

Question:  What quantities of chia seed is needed to be beneficial? Do I need to take 1 tablespoon per day or more? -by Val, (Qld. Australia). 

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How much chia can I safely eat?

Question: I generally prepare my chia seeds by putting 1-2 tablespoons in half to three quarters of a cup of water, putting that in the microwave ...

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How Much Gel to Use

Question: I'm new to using chia seeds and I find it difficult to transport my package to and from work. I've read 1 tablespoon of seed to 8 oz of fluid.

So if I'm creating the gel and want to add it to my 8oz of grapefruit juice, am I using that same 1 tablespoon of gel? I just want to be clear.

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Chia Gel Questions

Question:  I have just started using Chia seeds to make chia gel. I bought some at may local health food store and mixed 1/3 cup to 2 cups of water to get gel as directed by some website. Now how much of this gel should I use 3X/day?

Can the gel be used on hot ceral, soup?

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Chronic Pain - How Much Chia

Question:  About a year back a friend recommended I try Mila. I purchased six 16 oz. bags and proceeded to finish five bags (a scoop a day) over a 6 month period. Mila was supposed to help reduce my chronic arthritis pain; however, I did not get any relief. The same friend now tells me I didn't use enough and I need to take 3 scoops a day. Since I have a one bag left I will complete the bag following the 3 scoop recommendation. 

In the meantime, can I assume you recommend AZchia over Mila and how much per day would you recommend?

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How to Prepare

Grind Chia Before Eating?

Question: Do you need to grind the chia seeds before eating them? Also I put the seeds in my cooked oatmeal and then put soy milk on it, so am I still damaging the seeds by the heat of the oatmeal?

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Not Soaking Chia

Question: I like to eat my chia mixed in bio yogurt with fresh berries for breakfast.  I then drink lots of water throughout the morning. Is this ok???

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Is Blending Chia Seeds to Powder Okay to Eat?

Question:  Do I have to "gel" chia seeds? I have been putting them in a blender, turning them into a powder. My question is, should I eat the whole seeds or is it ok to turn them into powder? Thanks!

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Can I add chia (not gel) to my morning shake?

Question:  hi I just purchased chia seeds at health food store, id like to add to my morning shake can i just put the seed right into the drink? Or do i have to make into the gel first as you suggested here 

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How to Store

Dry Chia Seeds

Question: How should I store my dry chia seeds? I keep my soaked in a jar in the refrigerator, not sure about the dry. Some say in an airtight container, others say not, and some same it doesn't matter?

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Nutrition Questions

Mila vs Regular Chia

Question: Have you heard of Mila? At $55 per bag, I am worried that people are paying too much for benefits they can also get from Chia.

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Chia Seed Calories

Question:  Once I found and bought the chia seeds from Whole Foods, I then had no idea as how to use them. I was delighted to find them tasteless but intimidated by their caloric content. Since I am desperately tying to lose weight, I thought I would be better off by asking for your advice rather than relying on the conflicting stuff I have read on the Internet.

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AZChia Black vs White?

Question:  I went to the AZChia site and it looks like there is black chia seeds and white chia seeds. Which one do you buy? Which one is the best to buy?

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How much Omega 3, 6 and 9 in Chia

Question: What is the content of omega3, omega6, omega9 in chia seeds?

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When to Eat

Dry Chia Seeds Best to Eat Morning or Evening?

Question:  I'm going to start taking Chia seeds dry with water or juice once a can you pls tell me if its best to take it in the morning or evening?

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You'll also learn how to test your chia seeds to see how well they hydrate after buying them.  Chia hydration is important since it is an indication how mature the seeds are.  They also help you hydrate your body when making and taking the chia gel.

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