A recent study in Australia with obese rats was conducted to assess chia's potential benefit in helping to protect the heart and liver.
Following the first 8 weeks of the trial in which rats were fed a high carbohydrate high fat diet, chia was added at the rate of 5% of the ration. Rat weight and plasma composition was recorded after 8 weeks of chia supplementation.
At the conclusion of the trial ALA, DHA and EPA contents of the plasma significantly increased compared to the control group. In addition, the rats showed improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, as well as reduced cardio and hepatic inflammation without changes in blood pressure.
The authors concluded that chia as a source of ALA induces lipid redistribution associated with cardioprotection and hepatoprotection.
What does this mean: Chia can provide heart and liver protection, especially when dealing with obesity.
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