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The most widely known and accepted benefit of the omega-3 fatty acid consumption is its link to improved cardiovascular health. From all indication and research, Chia works just as well as fish oil when it comes to lowering levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol while raising beneficial HDL cholesterol.
Chia is a sustainable and environmentally friendly product. The high oil content of its leaves acts as an extremely potent insect repellent and eliminates the need from pesticides being used to protect the crop. The use of chia as an omega-3 source prevents depletion of natural fish stocks and also eliminates concerns about the accumulation of toxins such as dioxin and mercury that may accumulate in fish and fish products.
Solvent extraction and artificial preservatives are not needed when chia seed is used in human or animal diets. This is another advantage compared to omega-3 sources such as algae.
Oil from chia has the highest proportion of omega-3 fatty acids of any plant known. Chia has 8 times more Omega-3's than fish oil without the strong taste.