Do Chia Seeds Have ANY Benefits?

Chia seeds have been used for thousands of years. Watch this video to find out about their #1 benefit.

0:00 Introduction: Chia seeds and omega-3s
1:30 Chia seeds nutrition facts
1:52 The real benefit of chia seeds
2:02 Chia seed pudding
3:32 Chia seeds and other foods for gut health

In this video, we’re going to talk about some of the health benefits of chia seeds.

Omega-3s have many benefits, including supporting heart health. Salmon and sardines are among the best omega-3 sources, but what about chia seeds? It’s been said that chia seeds are a better source of omega-3s if you compare them gram for gram, but they don’t contain DHA. Chia seeds contain ALA, and only 0.5% converts into DHA.

Chia seeds have also been compared to eggs. An egg contains around 7 grams of protein, while chia seeds contain 4 grams. The protein found in eggs is the most bioavailable form of protein.

Chia seeds contain vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Research suggests that chia seeds are cardioprotective, help lower blood pressure, benefit your brain, and can even help thin your blood.

Chia seeds contain soluble fiber, which is the most significant benefit of consuming them.

To make a healthy chia pudding:
1. Mix 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with ½ cup of milk or unsweetened almond milk.
2. Stir the mixture until the seeds swell and form a gel.
3. Add kefir, berries, Greek yogurt, coconut cream, or nuts.

The gel that forms when you mix chia seeds with liquid is an excellent food for your microbiome. Chia seeds can help with gut inflammation and constipation. They’re also very low in lectins.

Chia seed gel contains polyphenols—plant chemicals that benefit your microbes. A healthy microbiome supports your mood, energy levels, and overall health. Consume chia seeds, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, pickles, and kimchi regularly for a healthy microbiome.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients, so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose, and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this increases your awareness about the health benefits of chia seeds. I’ll see you in the next video.

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44 Comments

  1. @kickinghorse2405 on June 3, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    Soaked and (ideally) fermented, chia seeds are great. 👍

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks!

    • @judyl.4043 on June 3, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      How do you ferment them?

    • @bonsummers2657 on June 3, 2024 at 2:05 pm

      how long to ferment at ambient temperatures?

    • @muhammadyounas-fm6og on June 3, 2024 at 4:31 pm

      ​@@bonsummers2657 I fermented the whole night.

  2. @tinygypsy3707 on June 3, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    I sprinkle my chia seed/ hemp seed/ flax seed mix into almost everything. I was about to be devastated if you were against them 😩 lol, love your videos so much, you really motivate to keep eating clean. 💕

    • @imranlion1996 on June 3, 2024 at 12:12 pm

      I think that’s why you’re so pretty

    • @GenRN on June 3, 2024 at 12:23 pm

      @@imranlion1996that’s creepy.

    • @imranlion1996 on June 3, 2024 at 12:26 pm

      @@GenRN noo IAM not a bad person 😞😢

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks very much, really glad it motivates you. Keep going!

    • @kevinstarski1598 on June 3, 2024 at 1:09 pm

      @@GenRN Agree.

  3. @Original_Shamya on June 3, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    The chia gel also very gently cleans out the gut lining

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      Very good, thanks for sharing!

  4. @IshwaryaShanmugam6 on June 3, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    Soaked chia seeds + Greek Yogurt + chopped Mangoes! One of the best combos ever!

    • @BLTwithMayo1 on June 3, 2024 at 12:28 pm

      What type of chia seeds do you use please?

    • @homesteadgmad8223 on June 3, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      Oohh…Sounds delicious!! I’ll have to try this!! Thanks!! 😋

    • @foodtrickbyibru on June 3, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      I like chia seed soaked in milk or cream, add some fruit yogurt & fruit pcs 🔥

    • @amarellaharte574 on June 3, 2024 at 4:51 pm

      I would use regular yogurt. Greek yogurt is just yogurt with the good whey removed.

    • @IshwaryaShanmugam6 on June 3, 2024 at 7:01 pm

      @@BLTwithMayo1 the usual plain chia seeds that are available in all grocery stores! I think there’s only one variety of chia seeds that exists!

  5. @neoterra7072 on June 3, 2024 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Dr. Berg, I’ve been consuming chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, lots of leafy green greens, avocados and avocado oil , home-baked sourdough bread, but I’ve never heard you talk about, and I’ve listened to a lot of your programs, is oxalate toxicity. All these foods I mentioned are all high in oxalates! I’m 63 and have been experiencing very sudden (since 1 month) severe hip joint inflammation issues that as far as I have been able to determine are being caused by toxic, long-term accumulation of oxalates. So for the last three weeks now I have removed probably 95% of oxalate rich foods from my diet. I also have been using a near infrared heat lamp sauna for 36 minutes almost on a daily basis for the last 18 months. Unless I can heal my hips, my hiking days are over. Can you help me please? BTW, I eat a lot of my home made kimchi for my gut! Quick Note: I just found your video on oxalates. I’m already doing the dietary recommendations you mentioned except for the citrates. Thanks!

    • @Bonfefe on June 3, 2024 at 12:50 pm

      Should go see an actual doctor who can do tests and rule things out. Nobody can provide real solutions without blood work

    • @melissakey2483 on June 3, 2024 at 12:52 pm

      You might be low in vitamin d. We just went through winter. I know my stores are low, and I’m feelin’ it.🥴

    • @kykids101 on June 3, 2024 at 12:52 pm

      My mom had problems with her hips. They were wanting to do surgery. Instead she started taking collagen about 10 years ago. She avoided surgery and still goes to the gym. She’s turning 85 this month. She does take a prescription medicine called mobic as well.

    • @WorIdComingDown on June 3, 2024 at 12:54 pm

      Flaxseed and the oil is not good for males.

    • @move_i_got_this5659 on June 3, 2024 at 1:00 pm

      Prolonged fasting, intermittent fasting, keto or carnivore diet.
      Instead of going for walks, use your arms to get some kind of cardio, but it’s not going to be much.
      Probably stay off your feet as much as possible until the inflammation comes down.
      And then take it easy with short walks, while still trying to do what you can with your arms.

      I had Achilles Tendonitis for 1.5 years and I prayed and fasted over time.
      It’s been gone for 1.5 years and I’ve lost 40 pounds.
      I changed my diet and found good foods that taste good.

  6. @gaitreeferguson3012 on June 3, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing and talking about chia seeds. A little of it goes a long way.

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 2:11 pm

      You’re absolutely welcome!

  7. @fringedgentian444 on June 3, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    Chia Seeds, Hemp Hearts, banana, berries and yogurt! Yum 🙂

  8. @jeanettebrooks1963 on June 3, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you for keeping this short, considering how small the chia seed is!

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 2:14 pm

      Not a problem at all.

  9. @magicbrooke7942 on June 3, 2024 at 1:39 pm

    I was waiting for you to mention the gel. Thank you Doc, well done! Keep it coming. Your videos are very important at this point in human history😊 🤗

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 2:15 pm

      Most welcome. I’m glad you liked this post.

  10. @manoharbs on June 3, 2024 at 1:41 pm

    True it’s great for gut, very good

  11. @megaayu8852 on June 3, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve been waiting for you to talk about chia seeds, finally 🎉

  12. @jillvalentine2866 on June 3, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    I make lemonade and always add chia seeds to it, somehow it tastes extra refreshing

    • @Drberg on June 3, 2024 at 2:41 pm

      That’s great, thanks for sharing.

  13. @ksgraham3477 on June 3, 2024 at 2:44 pm

    The attraction of chia seeds to me is the gelatinous storage of water to help hydrating the body in the desert. It keeps the water in the body longer than drinking water alone, which just passes through.
    Indigenous knowledge.

  14. @taniahummelgard2290 on June 3, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    My chia seed recipe:
    2T chia seeds, soaked in RO water
    3/4 cup Greek yogurt
    1 tsp monk fruit sweetener
    1/2 t vanilla extract
    Mix together
    1/2 cup blueberries
    Sprinkle with pecans (I use a salad topper from Costco that has pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas, because I love it)
    Enjoy!

  15. @Andromeda_M31 on June 3, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    Ohhh… I make the chai seed pudding with coconut milk, cacao powder and munk fruit .

  16. @metamourphosis on June 3, 2024 at 3:52 pm

    I love chia seeds. Literally addicted! Great for my blood sugar

  17. @brianheflin15 on June 3, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    the coconut cream chia seed pudding is absolutely delicious, all I know is I feel great when I have chia seeds. Chia seeds is just something my body really loves, thats all I need to know.. 🙂 Chia seed puddings are great also if you are just getting started with Keto I think, it really helped my wife a lot with her sweet tooth. I used to make them with nut milk but a lightbulb went off one day and did it with coconut cream, it was on the next level good.

  18. @8dragonsx on June 3, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Another use – refrigerator oatmeal. Mix the chia seeds and flax with oatmeal and your choice of milk. Chill overnight in the fridge. In the morning you can eat it in the cold or heated. I like to add a bit of maple syrup, shredded coconut and vanilla. Berries are another good addition. Whichever option you choose it makes a very quick breakfast and you get the chia gel.

  19. @null3rr0rr on June 3, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Just want to say thank you for all you do. I have learned so much from you and your videos and after putting just SOME of your tips into practice it’s immediate that what you say works. Ignore the haters and keep educating people on getting healthy!!!!

  20. @Kashmoney1505 on June 3, 2024 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks to Chia seeds I’m 135 years old. All my pain has gone and I no longer rely on doctor medications.

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