Integrative Health Blog

Superfoods: How to Make Chia Seed Gel

Posted by on Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Chia is a nutritious seed that packs one powerhouse punch.

It is a great source of soluble fiber, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Chia seeds can easily be sprinkled into oatmeal or baked into muffins, however the most versatile way to consume chia seeds is by making chia seed gel.

Chia Seed Gel Recipe

You will need:

  • 3 T Chia seeds (preferably ground)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • A jar with a lid
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Tags: superfoods, omega fatty acids, chia seeds

Clueless and Curious About Chia Seeds?

Posted by on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: omega fatty acids, chia seeds, holistic nutrition, integrative health, integrative nutrition

World Wellness Store Top Selling Nutritional Supplements

Posted by on Wed, Nov 30, 2011

Nature is your best source of nutrition. However, it is now scientifically and medically recognized that even high quality and balanced diets can benefit from targeted nutritional supplements.

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Tags: chlorella, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, garlic, integrative health, nutritional supplements, probiotics, world wellness store

Low DHA Levels Linked to Increased Suicide Risk

Posted by on Tue, Oct 04, 2011

by Chas Gant MD, PhD

In a recent study (August 2011) published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, it was found that low levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the major omega-3 fatty acid concentrated in the brain, may increase suicide risk.  A retrospective case-control study of 1600 United States military personnel, including 800 who had committed suicide and 800 healthy counterparts, showed that all participants had low omega-3 levels. However, the suicide risk was 62% greatest in those with the lowest levels of DHA.

According to Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD, acting chief, Section on Nutritional Neurosciences at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, "Omega-3 is already recommended by the American Psychiatric Association as adjunctive therapy for anybody with a psychiatric disorder, especially for those with major depression."

Suicide rates in military personnel have doubled since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now "rival the battlefield in toll."  Other data and research suggests that nutritional deficiencies in the omega-3 fatty acids may increase vulnerability to combat deployment stress, manifesting as psychiatric symptoms including adjustment disorders, PTSD, substance abuse and alcoholism, major depression, impulsive violence, and suicide. In addition, studies conducted in civilian populations have also suggested that low DHA levels are linked to increased risk for suicide attempts and may contribute to adverse psychiatric symptoms.

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Tags: mental health, omega fatty acids, addiction

Omega 3's, Essential Fatty Acids and Detoxification

Posted by on Wed, Sep 14, 2011

Mark McClure DDS

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Tags: omega fatty acids, detoxification