Salba: Tiny Seed, Big Benefit

Should you be concerned about diabetes? Consider this: 23.6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. And a whopping 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes. So, yes, you should be concerned. And one way you can keep yourself healthy is by adding salba to your grocery list.

Salba (Salvia hispanica), better known as chia, is a member of the mint family. Most people think of this herb only in connection with the Chia Pet, a novelty gift item that’s been on the market since the ’80s. But now it’s getting recognition as a sugar-balancing superfood.

A recent study published in Diabetes Care gave 20 diabetics either 37 grams/day of salba seeds or wheat bran for 12 weeks while maintaining their current diabetes protocols. At the end of the study, the participants eating salba saw a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, as well as a reduction in dangerous C-reactive protein – two risk factors that increase the odds of developing cardiovascular disease, especially for those with diabetes.

In addition to salba’s high fiber content, it is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of calcium, low-carb, and naturally gluten-free.

Use salba just as you would flaxseed – grind and add to baked goods and yogurt, or sprinkle whole over salads and stir into soups for a healthy “pop” of powerful nutrients.

[Ed. Note: Long before pharamaceutical companies started trying to make a buck, Mother Nature was serving up her own medications. Salba is just one natural food that can help you feel better. And for an all-natural dessert that tastes devilishly delicious, try nutrition expert Kelley Herring’s special chocolate cake. Find out how you can get a slice right here.]