Chia is (still) a super food. We use it for the omega 3 acids. When we first started advising our clients to supplement omega 3, we encouraged them to use ground flax (linseed). It's cheaper than chia, but you have to grind it fresh! And most people don't have time for that. So we used chia. If you do have time for grinding flax, it has many of the same properties that we describe below, so we still encourage you to do that!
The most obvious benefits are as an anti-inflammatory, gut supplement and for the improvement of skin conditions, but chia does many things in the body you may not be able to see.
Chia seed is a potential source of antioxidants with the presence of chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol which are believed to have cardiac, hepatic protective effects, anti-ageing and anti-carcinogenic characteristics. It is also a great source of dietary fibre which is beneficial for the digestive system and controlling diabetes mellitus with higher concentration of beneficial unsaturated fatty acids, gluten free protein, vitamin, minerals and phenolic compounds. Therapeutic effects of chia in the control of diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-blood clotting, laxative, antidepressant, antianxiety, analgesic, vision and immune improver is scientifically established.
Nutritional and therapeutic perspectives of Chia (Salvia hispanica L.): a review
As you can see, super!
Our chia blend is called "Optimum Trace Mix" but many clients just call it "chia trace". We blend chia with optimal daily amounts of copper, zinc and iodine. It has all the benefits of chia that we're talking about in this post but the positives of copper, zinc and iodine too. If you want more information about that you can check out this previous post:
We recommend Optimum Trace to any of our clients who are regularly competing - not only for the health benefits inside, but because of the improvement in coat quality. Most of those horses look amazing already. It's a hard sell to someone whose horse looks a million dollars already that they need yet another supplement, but most of those who have tried it have bought it again.
Chia is seasonal, as are all seeds, and price varies. We have a few suppliers, so we can guarantee the same low price for you, but this means that sometimes the product is predominantly black seeds, sometimes predominantly white, and sometimes a blend. In any shade it's a fantastic supplement. We have had clients who's competition horses have thrived on it for years and years.
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Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS | Mar 16, 2020 |