(Los Angeles, CA)
How long will it take, consuming chia seeds, to see some benefits, such as improved BP or Blood Sugar?
Thanks for writing. Everyone is different with different circumstances.
Since chia has carbohydrates and they break down over a few hours, the sugars from the carbohydrates move into the bloodstream a little at a time. As far as I've experienced, I haven't had a problem with blood sugar spikes. On the other hand, when I eat fruit by itself, I don't deal with it very well. So I benefit right away by eating chia and avoid the foods that cause the spikes.
I'm not a doctor so don't address problems like blood pressure or blood sugar as a doctor would. I can refer you to a great website that has many articles to give you a lot of information on this.
Here's a quote from author, Jon Barron - http://www.jonbarron.org - in one of his articles:
"Water-soluble fiber also helps slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, which slows down the body's glycemic response. This both reduces stress on the pancreas, but also works to lower blood sugar levels."
"Whichever form of carb you take, after digestion, it appears in the circulatory system as glucose, on its way to the cells where it is used for energy. The key is how long that process takes. If spread out over several hours:"
- There is no spike in blood sugar and insulin levels"
- The body does not store fat"
- You get sustained energy over a prolonged period of time."
I suggest you read the full article for more information: "The Whole Grain And Nothing But The Grain, Part 2."
As far as blood pressure goes. I've found that stress affects my blood pressure even if I'm eating well. So that is something you'll have to work out and see for yourself. Search around on Jon Barron's website and you'll find some answers there. Chia has a good amount of the omega fatty acids that may be of help.
Thanks for asking. I hope this will point you in the right direction to help you find the answers you are looking for.