Chia seeds are rich in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, and contain all nine essential amino acids needed by the body. As a source of soluble and prebiotic fibre, chia seeds can help to support overall digestion, a good balance of bacteria in your gut, and healthy bowel movements.
- Bowel Irregularity
- Loose Stools
- Gut Dysbiosis
- Gut Imbalance
- Gut Inflammation
- Insulin Resistance
Due to their high fibre content, chia seeds can also have functional benefits on gut health. Chia seeds have been analysed to contain approximately 40g of dietary fiber per 100g, with this being a mixture of insoluble fibre and soluble fibre.
The consumption of both insoluble fibre and soluble fibre can help to bulk stools and reduce stool transit time, helpful for those who often feel blocked up with constipation. Furthermore, the soluble fibre in chia seeds is what allows them to swell and become viscous and gel-like when in contact with water, helping to soften stools and make them easier to pass. Not only can fibre help with bowel regularity, it can also have benefits for the gut microbiome, as undigested fibre is fermented in the large intestine to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria as well as produce beneficial metabolites. Furthermore, given the nutrient density of chia seeds, research shows a potential for chia seeds in helping to maintain gut lining integrity, with some evidence indicating that chia seeds can have positive impacts on the intestinal lining.
Research and studies
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European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Reduction in postprandial glucose excursion and prolongation of satiety: possible explanation of the long-term effects of whole grain Salba (Salvia Hispanica L.)
American Journal of Gastroenterology
American College of Gastroenterology monograph on management of irritable bowel syndrome
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition