I’ve been a proponent of taking Omega 3 supplements (essential fatty acids) for years based on numerous scientific studies showing reduced violence and enhanced learning ability when such supplements are taken.
Your body is electric. In fact, your cells generate energy and move nutrients into themselves and waste out because of electric charges. The inner cell nucleus is mainly protein and carries a positive charge. The outer cell membrane is primarily essential fats and carries a negative charge because these essential fats have electron “clouds” that permit nutrients to come through the cell wall and waste to go out through it.
These fats are called essential because your body cannot make them. They have to be consumed in your food on a regular basis for normal function to occur. Thus they are an essential part of your diet.
Historically, the human diet was 1 to 1: Omega 6 fatty acids (meat, eggs, vegetable oil–corn, safflower, etc. except flax oil and chia oil) to Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil, flax, chia). Our modern Western diet is 15 to 1 which means 15 times more meat, eggs, corn oil, etc. than fish oil (or chia). This superabundance of meat, eggs corn oil, etc. promotes degenerative diseases including heart disease and cancer. Reducing the meat, eggs, corn oil, etc. and increasing fish oil, chia or flax has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by 70%. It has shown similar benefits for colorectal cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and asthma.
That’s all old news. What’s new is that chia seeds (remember the old chia pet?) have been found to be a wonderful land-based source of Omega 3′s as well as being one of the few vegetarian sources of complete protein.
How do you use them? Grind them up in a coffee grinder and sprinkle them on your cereal. I put them in my oatmeal and granola. They give you a full feeling without putting on pounds and they have nearly no taste so you could also put them in your green smoothies!
Where to buy? If they aren’t in your local health food store, try here at Amazon.