Side effects of chia seeds

What are the side effects of chia seeds


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Excessive eating of chia seeds may result unwanted side effects.

These are:


People who are on blood-thinning medication such as warfarin, aspirin or coumatin we recommend to talk to you doctor before using chia because due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds has anti-coagulant properties and is a natural blood thinner. Please note that an overdose of blood thinners may lead to excessive bleeding, which may result in negative consequences for your health. Furthermore, people with low blood pressure should better consult a health care professional before consuming chia seeds as chia seeds are capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure (DBP).


Although very unlikely, an allergic reaction to chia seeds is a possibility. Like with any herb, an allergic reaction is possible. If you are allergic to sesame seeds or mustard seed it is likely that you will also be  allergic to chia seed. The symptoms of allergy caused by chia seed may include hives, rashes and watery eyes. Then also more severe symptoms connected to food allergies may occur, such as vomiting, diarrhea, a troubled breathing and swelling of the tongue.


The most common side effects of chia seeds are gastrointestinal problems ranging from constipation and hard stools to diarrhea, excessive intestinal gas and bloating. The theory behind this is that the seeds are just so absorbent that when they absorb fluids in the stomach, cramps may occur. Cramps are only likely to occur when you eat large quantities. Bloating can occur due to the fact that chia seeds have an abundance of soluble fiber.


Because little research has been conducted on the effects of chia seeds on pregnant women and their fetuses most health authorities advise breast-feeding women and pregnant women to stay on the safe side and avoid the use of chia seeds until more research has been done.


Some small preliminary studies may show that alpha-linolenic acid from chia might increase the probability of getting prostate cancer. However, an other and much larger study involving 29,592 men age 55-74 years showed no connection between prostate cancer and alpha-linolenic acid.


Take caution if you take vitamin supplements in combination with chia seeds. Chia seeds is a very rich source of B-vitamins, especially B17, so make sure that you do not take an overdose when you are also taking a vitamin supplement high in B-vitamins. Vitamin B17 overdose has a toxic effect which may result in a sudden drop in blood pressure.




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