Recently we’ve had some questions about whether Holy Crap is appropriate for certain special conditions. If you have a special health condition and feel unsure about trying something new, it’s always a good idea to do some research and check with your doctor before trying it. We are including some resources and information here to help you start your search.
For babies and kids We do not recommend feeding Holy Crap to babies, though we know of some people who have done so with great results. The recommended dosage for kids from the age of three and up is one teaspoon (or 1.5 to 5 grams) per day.
Pregnant women Some doctors advise pregnant and lactating women not to eat chia seeds since there has been not any research on the effects of chia seeds on them. Naturopaths disagree. This is one of those cases where you may want to do some research and talk to your doctor.
For celiacs Holy Crap is one of the most exciting gluten-free foods on the markets. Celiacs love us for good reason! Kimberley Bamburak wrote to us to say, “Love it love it love it love it!!!!! Best cereal ever! Especially love it because I’m a celiac and most of my cereal options suck... This is a godsend!” Enough said.
For diabetes Chia is something of a miracle food for diabetics. A recent article about chia in the Globe & Mail cited a study published in the U.S. journal Diabetes Care indicating that chia “decreases blood pressure, reduces inflammation and thins blood.” It seems that chia forms a gel in the digestive tract, which slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down. The carbohydrates thereby are digested and converted into glucose (blood sugar) at a slow, uniform rate. The water-retaining capacity of the gel also maintains bodily hydration and electrolyte balance. “That’s better than a lot medication,” said Dr. Vuksan, who headed the University of Toronto study.
For post-menopausal women Chia seeds are the best plant source for omega 3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid that is vital for the production and release of many hormones, including sex hormones and adrenal hormones. They are also an integral part of cell membranes, and they give these membranes the proper flexibility and suppleness. They stop cells from drying out and give them normal cohesiveness. Many women find that EFAs have the added benefit of reducing hot flashes by enhancing and balancing the production of sex hormones and Prostaglandins.
For athletes Dr. David C. Nieman, the director of the Human Performance Lab at the Appalachian State University, is looking into methods other than ibuprofen for decreasing inflammation in runners. Nieman’s experience comes not just as a doctor, but also a long-distance runner. According to Dr. Nieman: “What we really are doing is taking this chia seed research to an all new level that’s never been done before. This study will determine once and for all if the omega 3 fat in chia seed has benefits for athletes.” Needless to say, we’ll be keeping our eyes on this study and look forward to the results.
For anemia One serving of Holy Crap contains a remarkable 13% of daily value of iron. Holy Crap is a valuable source of iron for anemic.
For constipation Well, the name sort of says it all…
For prostate cancer Some naturopaths recommend chia for prostate cancer because they are high in zinc content. Zinc is ideal for protecting the prostate from the male hormones that can cause prostate cancer. The zinc is also good for other things as well as aiding with lowering the occurrence of depression. Please let us know your experience with the cereal if you have a special condition. Send us an email or drop us a line on Facebook. We would love to hear from you and hope this website will be a valuable resource to those looking to improve their health through the food they eat.
Sources: Diabetic study of chia: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article798295.ece Post-menopause nutrients: http://www.naturalpathhealthcenter.com/index.php/Women-s-Health/Post-Menopause/Post-Menopause-Nutrients-Herbs.html New study on chia and post-menopausal women: http://www2.independenttribune.com/news/2010/aug/15/new-study-explores-health-benefits-chia-seeds-ar-333359/ Athletes and chia http://www2.independenttribune.com/news/2010/sep/23/athletes-test-impact-chia-seed-inflamation-ar-416557/