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What Are The Side Effects Of Chia Seeds?

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Some of the side effects of chia seeds are that it is a Blood Thinning agent. Due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can act as a blood thinner. It contains properties that are capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure (DBP) to alarming levels. Gastrointestinal problems are one of the most common side effects of chia seeds. A study also found a relationship between alpha-linolenic acid – the dominating fatty acid in chia seeds – and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

When it comes to considering superfood among the naturalists and herbalists, Chia seeds have gained its popularity to the maximum due to its properties that cater to certain health benefits.

However, the problem is everything has its side effects. Though less in terms of impact factor but it is there. Same with chia seeds, it has got few side effects. Chia seeds side effects are as follows:

Side Effects of Chia Seeds

Blood Thinning

Due to their high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can act as a blood thinner. Therefore, people who are taking prescription blood thinners, are scheduled for surgery, or are on an aspirin regimen should avoid eating chia seeds. An overdose of blood thinners may lead to excessive bleeding, which in turn may have severe negative consequences for your health.

Drop in Blood Pressure

People with low blood pressure should consult with their doctors before adding chia seeds because it contains properties that are capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure (DBP) to alarming levels.

Allergic Reactions

An allergic reaction to chia seeds is possible. Symptoms of chia seed allergy may include rashes, hives and watery eyes. Also more severe symptoms associated with food allergies may occur, including trouble breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the tongue. This one is pretty rare.

Stomach Problems  

Gastrointestinal problems are one of the most common side effects of chia seeds. The good news is, many of these chia seed side effects can be prevented by following a few tips when preparing and using these fiber-rich seeds.

Increase in Prostate Cancer Risk

Most important of all, a study and a meta-analysis of observational studies have found a relationship between alpha-linolenic acid – the dominating fatty acid in chia seeds – and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • It helps to improve skin, digestive health, heart Health.
  • It is also a possible cure for Diabetes.
  • Other known properties are that it boost energy and metabolism, makes bones stronger, builds muscle and helps lose weight
  • It helps fight breast and cervical cancer, and elevates dental health.
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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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amirimizan
amirimizan 5pts

Your top two reasons are in relation to the Western medical establishment. By now everybody knows that is a sick-care system. Healthy living is all about preventive care. So why should we be on guard with chia, a powerful antioxidant? Any misuse factor is minimal at best. Your own article says so, and you end up talking about its benefits.

ShaneWalker
ShaneWalker 5pts

How the heck do they identify an "increased risk of prostrate cancer"?  Some one please help me to understand this phrase?  How do you measure an increased risk?!?!?  You either have prostrate cancer or you don't.  There is no, "Oh, I'm sorry sir, you need to stop eating Chia seeds because you almost have cancer."  WHAT?!?!  Stupid articles.


Shelly83
Shelly83 5pts

It means that people who have gotten prostate cancer were monitored and their diets assessed and they were found to have eaten chia seeds often enough that it suggests a correlation between cancer and eating the seeds in a significant amount. Occasionally eating chia shouldn't be a problem, they're saying that eating them regularly could increase your risk of prostate cancer because of their high levels of alpha-linolenic acid.

Jinnjinn
Jinnjinn 5pts

Sounds like I can stop taking my prescriptions as the Chia seeds have less ads effects and prostate cancer is fro sitting on your ass period!

bill anderson
bill anderson 5pts

The side effects of Chia seed? What studies have been done to qualify these statements? 

Gastrointestinal; my experience has been those who have reported these effects were relative in terms of needing to have a healthy bowl movement. A Laxative effect can cause the same distress, it is taken when you need help to eliminate is not a side effect. Chia was doing as expected, if continued to eat Chia it will promote regular, healthy and complete evacuation without the distress. Prostate cancer? There have been a number of studies proving that diets high in Omega 3's and fiber may help men reduce their risk of prostate cancer. A Duke University Medical Center pilot study concluded that even short-term changes to a high-fiber/Omega 3-supplemented diet resulted in prostate cancer cells that did not divide as quickly as those in people not on the diet. SHLS, with its high Omega 3 and fiber content, is an easy and simple way to include these necessary nutritional benefits into your daily diet. Mild blood thinner, yes, but does not corrupt the coagulation of blood like the prescription thinners do. Allergic reactions; I have taken and work with Chia since 1969, and there is a 3500 year old history of Chia, I have never read or know of anyone with this kind of reaction. In evaluating the comments made about Chia, I think the number of people who have been included in studies, the percentage of those people who report an allergic reaction, specific to Chia need to be included.  Making a relevant conclusion needs to include solid data drawn from people which include any medical diagnosis or symptoms that were present before the findings of side effects or disease.

Nguyễn Minh Quân
Nguyễn Minh Quân 5pts

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AnaNas1
AnaNas1 5pts

They are healthy and great and why would sane person be on an aspirin regimen in the first place, and why would a super food used for thousands of years by ancient cultures have these scary side effects, instead of this it would be better to see on this site how much and which type is better for you :)

Catalina Hernandez
Catalina Hernandez 5pts

Do not abuse good things or else they turn in to abad thing...moderation

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

They are but they also have certain side effects :)

Donza Grant
Donza Grant 5pts

It's great everybody is trying to be health conscious but I can only imagine them on a Chia Pet. Maybe I need to get with it.

Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown 5pts

Yummy chia seeds with almond milk, bananas, vanilla extract and cinnamon. I'm gonna eat some right now!

Shilpa Chandravanshi
Shilpa Chandravanshi 5pts

What are these side effects associated quantity? I take 1-2 tbsp a day pre soaked so more interested in knowing what quantity can pose any of the cited risks and also supporting studies for them will be useful too..!

Sunita Modani Ruse
Sunita Modani Ruse 5pts

Can you cite any sources to back up your claims? By what percentage does prostate cancer increase? And what dosage of chia seeds? A pound/week or a tbsp/day? How statistically significant were the results of that ONE study? How many studies did that ONE meta analysis review? What do you consider an "alarming" diastolic blood pressure? This article brings up a lot of questions for me.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Roze Khan Sabja Beej in Hindi! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kristin Twomey Dubois We agree with you and will edit suitably! Indeed we are only talking about Type 2 here!

Gloria Menz
Gloria Menz 5pts

Thanks I needed to know...so far so good!

Kristin Twomey Dubois
Kristin Twomey Dubois 5pts

I wish when articles claim something can cure diabetes it differentiates between Type 1, which is an autoimmune disease and has no cure, and Type 2 which is a metabolic disorder and can be controlled (sometimes) with diet and/or meds.

Rajashri Mitkar
Rajashri Mitkar 5pts

Oh! So,it is sabza! Now I got the real name ! Thanks Mona.

Rachelle Maxey
Rachelle Maxey 5pts

For weight loss''blood sugars,,omgea3,,rebuilds cells,,sugar cravings

Ansuaya Quissor
Ansuaya Quissor 5pts

What is it good for weight loss and diabetes please tell

Rajashri Mitkar
Rajashri Mitkar 5pts

What are chia seeds?any commen name in Hindi / Marathi for it?

Sukanya Kulkarni
Sukanya Kulkarni 5pts

as giving them tulsi beej makes their body too much cold that sometimes make them have cold...

Sukanya Kulkarni
Sukanya Kulkarni 5pts

oohhh.... ookk.... now this is serious for me to understand as in india sabja seeds are used to help reduce too much acidity or ushnata heat in the abdomen that may also be leading to indigestion.... and this is important for me to know as i give it to my pets dogs as they have frequent stomach problem of indigestion and eat wild grass... now can u suggest what herb then should i feed my pets to ease their stomach disorder

Stephi Davis
Stephi Davis 5pts

You start growing green hair!!...kidding!!..you know Chia plants right??!!

Zainab Shah
Zainab Shah 5pts

Should i use it or not..can anyone tell me..wants to take 1 tbsp with milk

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala Fauzia Ali :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Lindsey Wayman Thanks!:)

Alize Lobo
Alize Lobo 5pts

Wow. Omg. How many did u eat? Does it how to do with the quantity?