All natural edible sprouts from Chia seeds offer both flavor and nutrients for most dishes throughout the world, and have become a staple for many worldwide diets. They are easy to grow, economical, and 1 pound of sprouting seed can usually generate about 5 pounds worth of sprouts!
The seeds of Chia plant are rich in fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of essential fatty acid. Chia seeds are useful for reducing risk of heart disease. Twenty patients with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to receive 37 g of Salba or wheat bran daily for 12 weeks. This was followed by a 6-week period of no treatment. Subjects were then switched to the other arm for 12 weeks. At weeks 0 and 12, fasting blood samples were collected. Compared to baseline, systolic blood pressure, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, von Willebrand factor, A1C and fibrinogen were significantly decreased in the salba group. Because such decreases are associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, salba may benefit those at an increased risk.