Chia Seeds - How Much a Day?

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Chia Seeds - How Much a Day?

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)

Answer

This may be up to each person since chia has many benefits. I've learned a lot about chia from Dr Wayne Coates. Here's something to help answer your question:

"... One of the main reasons a person eats chia is to obtain omega-3, the obvious question is how much gives me sufficient omega-3. Since a recommended daily value for omega3 has not been established, it is a difficult question to answer. However, general guidelines would indicate that 15 to 20 grams (2 to 3 tablespoons) of chia will provide all the omega-3 your body needs." -Reference: Dr Wayne Coates, AZChia

Dr Coates has done extensive research on growing chia over the last two decades. His group has helped us re-discover this valuable superfood. It had been phased out of the Aztec culture during the time of the Spanish invasion of Central America in the 1400/1500's.

Chia - how much do I eat a day?

I eat 3/4 tablespoon chia seeds, split between my husband and I, a day. But I make a chia gel from the dry chia and use the gel. I don't eat the chia dry. A lot of people do but I've never gotten into that. Here's what I do to make it into a chia gel to add to my breakfast drink and other foods everyday.

I mix enough for two, me and my husband.

  • Mix 1.5 tablespoons of chia in 14 oz of reverse osmosis water. (During my research, I discovered that the reverse osmosis water allows the chia seeds to fully hydrate which helps your body hydrate better as well. I actually use less by hydrating this way. The gel is not as thick which may be more appealing to some.)
  • Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all seeds are absorbing water. Longer is better if you want to mix it up at night, put in the fridge and use it in the morning. This mixture last me a couple of days since I don't use as much. I use to use 1.5 tablespoons of whole dry chia every day when I was mixing it with plain filtered water.
  • I usually don't make more than one at a time now and use it up in two or three days depending on my needs. I've heard it will last longer than one week.
  • I always make new gel at night so it's ready for use the next day.

Benefits

  • I find the gel made this way helps to thicken my breakfast drink which I like.
  • We have more energy throughout the day.
  • May be a great way to help you lose weight if you want. I have to watch how much I eat in the morning as I tend to go past lunch, since I don't get hungry.

    For dieters wishing to lose weight, this might be a good thing. I'm thin, so I want to eat my three meals a day. You'll have to judge how much to eat according to your personal requirements.

You can buy chia from Dr. Coates website - AZChia Store.



Any more questions about Chia, just let me know. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments you might have. I am always happy to respond.



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Thanks,

Janis

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