""Use chia seeds in foods, not as a supplement, but as an alternative to processed grains like white bread because it is a much healthier whole grain that is great-tasting in foods like muffins," suggests Michael Roizen, MD, co-author of You Staying Young.
In the book, Roizen and Mehmet Oz, MD, recommend two daily doses, each consisting of 20 grams (a little less than 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds. The authors also note that the antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any whole food, even blueberries."
Clintwood's HealthyU Newsletter featured a new Chia product...not that I would rush to pay the price for some processed variety of Chia (going to look for the plain old Chia seed at a health food store or health food section of a store), not that there isn't a good dose of hyperbolae in their promotion, but here's a little more info about Chia from their newsletter, promoting a Chia product from Running Food www.runningfood.com/ :
"Chia is actually the Mayan word for strength, it is an ancient food source used by the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It is the seed from the chia plant, Salvia Hispanica L. Its nutritional value is amazing. Aztec warriors carried only chia to nourish themselves during their conquests. Indian traders would run from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean, bringing only a pouch of chia seeds to sustain themselves during these long journeys. Chia was considered so valuable, it was used as currency.
Chia can easily be stored dry for up to two years without deterioration in flavor, odor, or nutritional value due to its high antioxidant content. Whereas flax, for example, can turn rancid in a matter of weeks. So toss some into you backpack, or add it to your trail mix and get moving!
When it comes to diet supplements, athletes who train for endurance events are concerned with three major issues: endurance, hydration, and recovery. Running Food effectively addresses all three of these concerns in one all-natural, easy to use supplement.
The way your body digests chia seeds naturally helps you sustain energy. Running Food mixes with water or your stomach juices, forming a gel that creates a barrier between the carbohydrates and your digestive enzymes. So the carbohydrates are digested in a slow even rate, keeping your energy levels constant."
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