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The influence that vegetable products have on our health is widely known. Thanks to the high proportion of fiber and antioxidants, they allow to fight tumors, improve cardiovascular function and sharpen the sensitivity to insulin. In principle, they are a key element of a healthy diet, but some of them deserve special mention. This list includes the seeds of Spanish sage, also commonly called chia seeds.

Chia seeds were once eaten by Aztec warriors to prepare them for battle. Now, thanks to their composition, they can be a good tool in the fight for better health. Below is a list of 5 reasons why chia seeds should be permanently included in your diet.

Healthy fats
Fats are usually associated with deep oil fried products, from which hands get stuck and blockages are created in the veins. However, large quantities of fats can also be found in many plant seeds, which is the best, however, these fats have nothing to do with those found in a hamburger!

Chia seeds contain mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids, with a predominance of omega 3 fatty acids over omega-6 fatty acids. This is a big advantage of this product because in our diet there is usually a large advantage of omega-6 acids over omega-3, which promotes the emergence of inflammation and the development of civilization diseases.

The omega 3 acids found in these seeds are alpha-lipoic acid, which may not be as strong as the eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids found in oily fish but still have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties.

Plant products sometimes contain a bit of protein, but usually, there is too little to supplement the needs of an active person. Chia seeds are a product that contradicts this principle. In one spoon we find almost 2 grams of protein, which is abundant with all 9 essential amino acids, which is why it is great for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of the figure.

The addition of chia seeds to the meal will be a great way to increase the total protein content and improve the taste of the dish.

High fiber content
One of the biggest advantages of chia seed consumption is its high fiber content. One spoon contains almost 4 grams, while in 100 grams of chia seeds we find 40 grams of fiber! Very helpful for anyone who has problems with providing the right amount of this ingredient in their diet.

Chia seeds contain about five times more insoluble than soluble fiber, thanks to which they have relatively strong water-absorbing properties. At the same time, such a fiber composition in chia seeds, it can pass toxins embedded on the walls of the intestine through the digestive system.

In addition to the detoxification properties, the consumption of chia seeds and fiber contained in them can be a useful tool in the fight against overweight and insulin resistance. This is due to the slowing of the passage of nutrients from the stomach to the small intestine. Food remaining for longer in the gastrointestinal tract, provides continuous stimulation of its receptors, affecting post-prandial saturation.

This was presented in 2010 by a team of scientists from Canada who gave participants of their study a portion of carbohydrates in the form of bread and addition of chia seeds in an amount of 0, 7, 15 or 24 grams depending on the group. With the increase in the chia seed does, saturation increased proportionally, and the blood sugar level dropped, suggesting a slow absorption.

Powerful antioxidants
Chia seeds are also abundant with powerful antioxidants that help us fight diseases and negative stress effects. They can traverse the body and dispose of debilitating free radicals. As a result, they counteract the peroxidation of cell membranes, leading to a reduction in the risk of cancer.

Chocolate compounds that we find in them are mainly responsible for the antioxidant properties of chia seeds, in particular, caffeic acid and gallic acid. Some publications suggest that chia seeds may have antioxidant properties comparable to Trolox, a derivative of vitamin E, considered to be an extremely potent ingredient.

Anti-cancer activity
It has been confirmed that chia seeds have anti-proliferative effects on cancer cells from various tissues. The research focused in particular on the reduction of the risk of breast, cervical and skin cancer.

The fats contained in the chia seeds favorably affect the production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids in cancer cells. Preliminary studies in rats also show that groups fed Spanish sage has a smaller mass of tumors, indicating their smaller growth rate.


Plants that fight cancer?

Cancer is not a new phenomenon, it was already described in V / IV in BC by Hippocrates (460-370 BC) 1 Contrary to popular beliefs and “knowledge from the Internet has not been able to prove that vitamin C fights cancer. Perhaps administering vitamin C may be helpful in chemotherapy. In 2012, there were 8.2 million deaths related to cancer and about 14 million new cases. 


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The number of new cancers is expected to increase by around 70% over the next two decades. In men, lung, prostate, colon, stomach and liver were diagnosed most frequently. In women, breast, colon, lung, cervix and stomach. 2 


Probably the most well-known anti-cancer drug of plant origin is Paclitaxel (Taxol®). The cytotoxic activity of this taxane diterpene is known at least since the 1970s (first scientific descriptions). The active ingredient is found in the bark extracts of Taxus brevifolia (short-stem Cis). Taxol was approved for use by the FDA only in 1992, initially for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. It is one of the best-selling medicines. In 2002, the sale of taxol and camptothecin (known in Poland as topotecan), a topoisomerase I DNA inhibitor, amounted to over 2.75 billion dollars. 



Unfortunately, cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Indica) and cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Sativa) – they promise a lot, and they do not really do much. There is a lot of in vitro research on this subject, and very few show that cannabis helps fight cancer. Rather, it is suggested that smoking marijuana may promote lung cancer. 5-6 It is estimated that the risk of lung cancer increases by 8% for each subsequent year of marijuana smoking and by 7% for each subsequent year of smoking. 

For now, there are many reports of the treatment of cancer by these or those plants, but in fact most of these observations come from in vitro studies and often find no reference to the human system. 


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