Image for Natural Standard on NPR
News
Copyright 2013 Natural Standard (www.naturalstandard.com)
April 2012

Natural Standard on NPR

National Public Radio (NPR) recently interviewed Dr. Catherine Ulbricht, Founder and CEO of Natural Standard, about the available scientific evidence on chia.

Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) is a plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Chia is believed to have come from Central America where the chia seed was considered a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. Native Americans in the southwestern United States used the seeds of a related plant, "golden chia" or Salva columbariae. People in China and other countries use the roots of another relative, "dan shen" or Salvia miltiorrhiza, for medicinal purposes.

In the article, "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia: Not Just A Potted Pet. Now It's Health Food," Elana Gordon discussed the increased interest in chia throughout the United States.

"If you look at chia as an isolated product, the scientific data that's available is comparably lacking," Dr. Ulbricht told NPR.

Chia is often promoted for its high omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 content. Animal studies suggest that chia may lower blood cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoproteins or "bad" cholesterol), and triglycerides while increasing HDL (high density lipoproteins or "good" cholesterol). Chia may also have anti-cancer activity. However, studies in humans are limited.

To read the full article, please visit www.npr.org.

For more information about chia, please visit Natural Standard's Foods, Herbs & Supplements Database.

To comment on this story, please visit Natural Standard's blog.

References

  1. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. www.naturalstandard.com
  2. NPR: National Public Radio. www.npr.org
The information in this brief report is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions. Copyright 2013 Natural Standard Inc. Commercial distribution or reproduction prohibited.