Healthy fiber sources like chia seeds also
control blood sugar and blood lipids.
Therefore, these types of foods have been
linked to the prevention and treatment of
diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Additionally, according to Ayurveda, the chia
seed creates a natural warming effect within
the body-mind which supports a balanced
metabolism including cognitive health and
Chia Reduces Inflammation
Chia seeds are show n to reduce inflammation in the body due to their ratio of Omega- 3 to Omega- 6 fatty acids; they contain
three times as many Omega- 3 to Omega- 6
oils in the seeds. The modern Western diet
can skew as much as 30: 1 Omega- 6 to
Omega- 3; this is 200 times greater than the
1: 6 ratio recommended in Ayurveda for an
According to Ayurvedic principles and a
growing number of clinical studies investigating the effect of ingestion of different
ratios of fatty acids, high levels of dietary
Omega- 6 fatty acids correspond with increased levels of inflammatory markers in
In order to counteract this inflammation-inducing imbalance, we should consume
foods and herbs rich in Omega- 3 fatty acids.
These oils promote overall physiological
balance and strengthen the immune system,
encouraging an internal environment of
overall health and well-being. A 2011 study
at the University of Ohio School of Medicine corroborated other research showing
that supplementation with Omega- 3 fatty
acids reduced inflammation as well as other
adverse health issues including anxiety. This
is just one example showing how our diet
can affect the body and mind, one of the
foundational tenets of Ayurveda.
In addition to chia, other foods that are rich
in Omega-3s include flax, hemp seeds, walnuts, pecans, algal oil, fish oils, and purslane (a succulent green that often grows
wild and can sometimes be found in farmers markets).
For these reasons, chia and the other fiber-rich mucilaginous seeds like psyllium and
flax are vital foods for health and wellness.
Prashanti de Jager is a Vedic Science practitioner and
teacher, a founder of Organic India, and author of several
books on Vedic themes including The Truth Is, and Turmeric, the Ayurvedic Spice of Life. Prashantidejager.com