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are chia seeds good for lowering cholesterol?

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Dr. William Haynes
36 years experience Endocrinology
Any seed helps: Seeds are rich in unsaturated fats. Diets that contain a lot of these fats tend to decrease bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol. This would be true for diets that contain chia seeds as well as those that contain other forms of seeds or nuts or vegetable oils. Be aware that the magnitude of the change in cholesterol is not generally large and so medication may still be needed.
Answered on Jun 26, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
They can be: Helpful. Chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber per ounce ! chia are seeds from salvia hispanca which grows in the desert. They can be a healthy snack as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein ; antioxidants. Chia have calcium, vitamin c, zinc, phosphorous, iron ; potassium.
Answered on Mar 2, 2017

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