Since CHIA\VIE contains so much healthy Omega-3, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a deeper look at the benefits of the Omega-3 found in CHIA\VIE.
Unlike other superfood products that claim to have healthy Omega’s, CHIA\VIE by far, contains the most Omega-3. Other products that claim to have Omega fatty acids usually have very little Omega-3 and very high quantities of Omega-9.
There has been a great deal of confusion about what constitutes an “Omega-3″. Omega-3, also known as ALA, is an Essential Fatty Acid, as is Omega-6, known as LA. These are called essential as the human body needs them for normal functionality, yet the body does not produce them. Omega-6 is readily available in the Western diet as it’s found in corn and soybean oils used prevalently in cooking, baking and frying. Omega-3 however is rarely found naturally in the Western diet, only derived from certain fish, and therefore should be supplemented. Omega-9 is a nonessential fatty acid, since it is produced naturally by the body. Omega-9 does not need to be supplemented.
The most commonly known source of Omega-3 is wild fatty sea fish (Herring Fish, Salmon, Tuna). Fish oils rich in this fatty acid contain from 20% to 30% Omega-3. Fish oil also contains nearly 80% saturated fat and its omega-3′s are quite unstable. In addition, fish oil may contain environmental toxins such as mercury and PCB’s. World fish stocks are declining and gloomy projections about ocean contamination increasingly raises questions about the safety of eating wild fish. Today many fish oils have to undergo molecular distillation to remove these known toxins.
Chia is a stable, non-toxic alternative to fish oil with the added benefit of suiting vegan consumers.
Consuming either fish or algae based oils can be completely avoided if a stable plant based omega-3 ALA, like Chia, is substituted for them, since it has been shown that ALA is readily converted in useful amounts in humans to both EPA and DHA. Too much Omega-6 in the diet has been heavily associated with heart attacks, and strokes. Consumption of chia provides a good balanced ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in a Western diet that far exceeds appropriate levels of omega-6 intake.
Chia contains one of the highest levels of the essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids known in nature at a very favorable and heart healthy 3.3:1 ratio of ALA to LA, the perfect counterbalance to the Western diet.