Chia Seeds Side Effects And Benefits

Side Effects

Although chia seeds are known to be a great omega-3 fatty acids source, there are some chia seeds side effects that are associated with the use of the dietary supplement.   However, most observed symptoms are only minor and can easily be treated and managed.  After all, since the earliest documented history, people have already been known to use chia seeds as a kind of endurance food.  To be always on the safe side, it is advisable to consult with a health care professional before using any dietary or food supplements.

Chia seeds are known to contain twice the amount of protein found in most other grains and seeds, and thrice the levels of antioxidants in blueberries.  They are also known to be packed with calcium, and contain the mineral known as boron which helps the body absorb and utilize calcium.  Chia seeds also have three times the amount of iron given by spinach, and contain twice the calcium content of a banana.  But chia seeds are best known for their good fats or essential fatty acids content.

Incorporating chia seeds into the regular diet will help enhance the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from foods.  It is also known to provide help for people with gastritis, ulcer, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.)  The dietary supplement is intended to complement regular treatments and medications for the said disorders, and not as the primary source of relief.

Studies tend to show that consumption of chia seeds in volumes can help bring down blood pressure in older people.  As chia seeds are also known to contain significant amounts of Vitamin B, proper caution must be exercised when using it in conjunction with other Vitamin B supplements as too much Vitamin B may have a negative effect on the body.

Although the use of the seeds as nutritional supplement is generally encouraged because of the massive health benefits one can potentially get from them, there are some concerns about possible chia seed side effects that may result from their use.  There are, however, no conclusive studies done yet that can conclusively link major side effects to the use of chia seeds and validate the concerns.

There are reports that increased flatulence can be a side effect of chia seeds consumption in big quantities.  This is probably because of the high fiber content of the seeds.  Likewise, people who are allergic to mustard seeds are observed to have negative reactions to the use of chia seeds as well.  Likewise, because chia seeds are known as an abundant source of potentially blood-thinning Omega-3, people who are taking aspirins and blood thinners, hemophiliacs, or those who are scheduled to undergo surgical procedures, must refrain from taking chia seeds.

Some experts also advise against the use of chia seeds in large quantities as this may have an addictive effect.  And although tests are not made on pregnant women, the use of chia seeds for expectant mothers is highly discouraged as it may result to chia seed side effects either on the mother or the baby, or both.

Benefits

Today, many research studies has been done to prove the health benefits of chia seeds. We have learned many new things about these seeds. One of the best things about these seeds is that they are extremely nutritious, containing around 22% of protein, 35% of healthy fats (Omega 3, Omega 6), and around 25% of dietary fiber. Not only that, they also contain plenty of minerals and vitamins – A lot of calcium, potassium, and iron is found in these seeds. These little seeds help you fight against many diseases and keep the immune system strong by helping the body to absorb fat soluble vitamins. Many people use these seeds to provide relief from arthritis or diabetes (by absorbing sugar), decrease blood pressure, help with acid reflux, or just improve the general cardiac health. Chia seeds can also be used by people who would like to lose weight, cleanse their colon, and get rid of the toxins. These seeds can also be used to tone your muscles. Some research shows that it can also improve your mental performance and allow you to have a better rest during the night. Chia seeds can offer plenty of health benefits, but as with any other supplement, it should be used in normal quantities, some side effects are found if they are used in extremely large quantities (such as, lower the blood pressure too much) Chia seeds are easy to digest (easier than flax seeds) and are gluten and cholesterol free.

They can also be eaten almost with anything as they don’t alter the flavor of the food products, you will find plenty of chia seeds recipes on our website. You don’t have to just eat these seeds, many people prefer to use them as cake and cookie decorations, salad dressings, add them to smoothies, oatmeals etc.

Chia Seeds Benefits

    • Increased energy levels
    • Increased endurance levels
    • Promotes weight loss
    • Normalises blood sugar levels
    • Cleanses the colon
    • Gets rid of the toxins
    • Prolongs hydration
    • Reduce inflammation
    • Helps tone muscles
    • Helps to lower the blood pressure
    • Improves mental performance
    • Improves night rest and mood
    • Lowers the risk of heart diseases
    • Improves overall health
    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Absorbs extra acid, helping to get rid of acid reflux
    • Helps thyroid conditions
    • Helps IBS
    • Helps celiac disease





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  1. tapasya gupta says:

    hi there,

    i have started taking chia seeds in my protein shake every evening. i was advised by a friend to take chia seeds to loose weight. i took chi for around 10 and lost 3 kg, but after that i had to take a break of around 10 days and now when i have started it again i am just not loosing weight though i have already taken it for 10 days and am still taking it

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  2. glorian says:

    I have not noticed any bad chances. I started eating chia seeds about 2 weeks now. I saw a sign saying a spoon of chia seeds and virgin organic coconut oil will give you a natural energy boost. I been taking about 9 spoons a day…I just realized that I am not suppose to do that according to what I am reading now. I must say that I normally used the bathroom about once a week and now I am for the first time in my life going almost everyday…Now, it scares me after reading this that I was taking too much..should I stop them or go down to 2 spoons a day?

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  3. julie says:

    I know that Chia can give you gas, but does anyone know if it will
    subside after awhile of taking?

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  4. Stephanie says:

    So glad to hear all of the benefits people are having w this amazing food. There may be sensitivities to anything out there but I’ve been taking a few months and slowly increasing consumption w both me and my kids and there are only positives! Love it so much I now am a distributor for a manufacturer. And it’s packaged right here in the good old USA!!

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    • John says:

      Hi Stephanie, would you please post the name of the company?
      I would like to try this product!! Thank you!

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  5. Annette says:

    I have been swallowing a teaspoonful of chia seeds in the morning with a glass of water. I swallow them whole. I have the energy of a cup or so of coffee. I have a regular bowel movement daily. I feel more focused. I am lactose intolerant. I can’t even do lactaid or soy milk. Recently, I had a mini blizzard from Dairy Queen. I waited for the painful results of my indulgence, but they never came. I grew up on milk but haven’t been able to drink it in over 10 years. I had a small glass of milk the other day, no problems. I do not know for sure if the chia seeds have helped. I am willing to bet they have though. I hope I have no problems with swallowing them whole, I don’t like the gelatinous feeling of the seeds. I truly believe these are wonder seeds. No crazy dreams or anything weird, but I only take a tsp a day.

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    • Janine says:

      Annette, Soy Milk is no milk, it is a fruit juice (you may think it is milk because it looks like milk). I do not (yet) use soy milk myself, but if I understand correctly from product info, soy milk is lactose-free.

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  6. Les says:

    I have researched the benefits of Chia seeds on multiple websites, as well as blogs with personal commentaries. I myself have been consuming chia seeds daily for a few months with no problems. I have not read, heard or seen anything that compares to some of the comments on this thread. It was a great article by the way. Chia seeds are not the Devil.

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  7. Shana says:

    Bought chia seeds today. After reading the comments, I am a little nervous. I had a able spoon just now with yogurt and grapes. I had two able spoons earlier today in a protein shake. Will I be up all night?

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    • Dee says:

      I have been using Chia seeds for almost six months now. I had a constipation problem for years. I tried everything, stool softeners, laxatives, adding fiber to my drinks. But, nothing cured my problem. Since using chia seeds, I am able to pass bowels more effectively. I go everyday (YAAAY). You can even see some of the fat excreted with the movements. I also use it in my protein smoothies for fast recovery times, after working out. It really works. My muscles don’t ache so bad the following day. I am so grateful to a friend for passing the knowledge of Chia seeds on to me.

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  8. Kenneth Hunter says:

    I have high cholesterol; would chia seeds be beneficial to me? What amount would be safe for a person just starting out so that I don’t have the crazy dreams or diverticulosis

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  9. Juanita says:

    I’ve been struggling w/many issues and thought that Chia Seeds could help. After researsching the benefits and the side-effects, I thought I would start small. DAY ONE: Yesterday, I sprinkled a pinchful over my tomatoes, onions and EVO… no crazy dreams or heavy night sweats. I slept straight through the night; however, I felt myself toss & turn. (I usually wake up 3 times)

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  10. Renee Wood says:

    I have been using Chia seeds for 4 days now and have been pretty much sprinkling them on every meal i eat.
    Yesterday i felt out of sorts and after dinner i threw up. I again woke up at 2am and threw up. I thought i have gastro but can eat and drink etc without the usual trowing up after that happens with gastro.

    Im now wondering can you have too many Chia seeds and if so, would that make me sick?

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    • Rlebo6 says:

      you overdosed – use 1 or 2 TBS per day MAX
      they expand to 16x when water is added so they fill your belly up and make you eat less.

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    • Phil says:

      I noticed that when chia seeds are taken too much, I get nausea. I took a whole bunch one day and felt nausea all day.

      Then I found out that chia sees absorb so much water that when eating chia seeds, one must drink a lot of water.

      Remember not to drink excess water during your meal as it hinders the digestive process.

      When taking a lot of chia seeds, drink a lot of water before a large meal.

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  11. Rebecca says:

    I have recently started eating 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with a little coconut and nuts or seeds with diluted coconut milk for breakfast. I have not had any ill effects from eating them. They are great for helping control my blood sugar. I have the unfortunate dawn phenomenon of when your blood sugar is low at night and you eat nothing else, then when you wake up in the morning it has become high. My body responds really well after chia for breakfast and my blood sugar after breakfast comes down to a normal non – diabetic level.

    I think the people getting side effects must have gastrointestinal issues and they can´t handle the chia or they have a sensitivity or allergy to it.

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  12. Ajay says:

    I started taking chia seeds about a week ago, the mistake was , I was’nt pre-soaking
    Before cunsumption , mixing it with cereal ( oat & wheat sqres) , that lead to the seeds expansion (wht evr u may call it) inside and felt like had a buffet and a very full feeling, started using pre-soaked and the problem solved, also take celery,fenugreek,chromium,niacin,aspirin,mvtamin, type 2 for the past 12 yrs (2 my knldge) nvr spent a cent on prscrption,workout 5/wk, take l-arginine,creatine,
    Gave up bread/rice ,once a while grlic bread, every day crcfrous veggies steamed
    With fish/shrimp/chikn brst/p-chops(atlst a pound) use 2/3 lbs of garlic & sesame seeds/wk, had severe arthritis,bp(bck of my ear blgin tklin) drwsy fling mrngs all gone, 55 yrs Asian Indian , lift 200lbs, 2-3 hrs in gym

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    • katherine says:

      Sounds like your on the path to better health. Get rid of the p-chops and the C food. Think about the C food after the Japan blow-up, and the oil spills. Look into growing all you leafy greens and summer vegs during the summer. Once your body is getting the right stuff, it seems to effect your mind and then your will not even crave that garlic bread.

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  13. Kevin says:

    I have been reading about the health benefits associated with chia seeds as an energy enhancer in water and other recipes, as well as the overall benefits it provides. I am a Type II diabetic as well. I have managed quite well with diet and exercise alone, and was originally looking for a supplement for energy sustenance/replacement while running or cycling. A friend told me about how to use the seeds, now I am convinced that I need to add this into my diet. I am going to buy some today and start in the morning. Are the effects immediate with the energy boost and appetite suppression?

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  14. betima says:

    As is often advised, I started with small amounts of Chia Seeds and tried to work my way up, but I eventually had to stop because of intestinal distress. I stopped and let my digestive system recover, but decided a few weeks later to give Chia Seeds one last try. The next day, I woke up running a 100 degree fever. I didn’t at first connect the two, but a friend told me that her mother had a similar experience: the chia seeds had gotten stuck in small recesses in her colon and caused an infection. I immediately went to the doctor and was put on an antibiotic, but it took a good four days to recover. I’m surprised that this isn’t discussed more often; I was seriously ill. The rest of my seeds are going to art projects!!!!

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    • judy says:

      I started fiber eating tuesday. I started some sprinkling of chia seeds on food yesterday. Woke up early feeling tire and many trips to toilet. Had fiber cereal w fruit and sprinkle 1/2 tbsp chia seeds on viber cereal and fruit….cramping started litle later….then had cottage cheese w rest of tbsp for lunch… then short time later cramping of stomach and intestional continued worse. Is it chia seeds or flu. Hope i get better or need to go to er? Been bad cramping so far 9 hrs. Any suggestions?

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      • Rlebo6 says:

        TOO MUCH TOO FAST Fiber isnt something to go overboard with. Start off and gradually increase every day. Your intestines are prob sluggish bc u havent been on a high fiber diet. Yyou may have already had diverticulitis (stretched out and wrinked intestines). Gradual addition of fiber with help to smooth the wrinkles and speed up your “flow”. VERY IMPORTANT TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER WITH FIBER!!! And, as for the chia, same thing – go slow. Maybe pre- grinding isnt a bad idea bc tiny seeds can get lodged in your wrinkly intestines and cause severe pain. Chia is hard to completely chew. YOU MUST DRINK LOTS OF WATER ALONG WITH THE SEEDS! They WILL EXPAND TO 9x their size in your belly and make you feel full. You can also presoak after grinding and you will see the “gel” in action. To start, it may be best to make the gel and add to your diet in recipes or smoothies. When your body gets used to it, I promise, it wont make you sick anymore. Just dont use more than 1-2 TBS per DAY in total of the seeds (measure before gelling or grinding). hope that helps!!

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    • womanonamission says:

      Betima… did you grind your chia seeds to a fine powder ? possibly that “may” have elimanted the seeds getting stuck in the small resesses of your colon .

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    • Elizlabeth says:

      As one who has diverticuli and has had many bouts of diverticulitis, I have learned it is not what I eat but how healthy my bowel movements are. If you suffer with constipation, seeds WILL get stuck and infection is likely, IF you keep your colon clean with frequent, well-shaped bowel movements, that will not happen. It’s an old wife’s tale to avoid seeds when you have diverticuli …just keep your system running well and you’ll be fine. I haven’t had a bout of diverticulis in over two years and I eat all kinds of seeds!

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      • Kim says:

        Oh wow – That’s good to know. My mom was having lots of digestive problems w/ much pain. She was recently diagnosed with diverticulosis (not yet infected) Her doctor advised her to stop eating seeds of all kinds – even strawberries. Since making that change, she hasn’t had any problems. I bought some seeds. I think I’ll start small; maybe pre-ground in my morning smoothies.

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  15. Mark says:

    I was eating chia seeds – about one dessert spoon every morning. I started getting auras or focal seizures and after a while a fever at about 3 am and was awoken by them, and unable to sleep. the bizzare thing was I never felt over tired, but felt wired. The symptoms started getting worse and more intense. I have never been one to suffer anything like that. My wife thought I was going mad. i stopped eating them after six weeks of gradually worsening condition on a whim. The first evening after abstinence I had a panic attack and really serious aura or focal seizure and went to emergency the next day to be told I was fine. The second evening of abstinence I slept soundly with no problems at all for the first time in two weeks, and am now writing this comment. I slept about ten hours, and feel great now. I was booked to see a neurologist Tuesday, as I thought I was getting a brain tumor or getting epilepsy. I think I am sensitive to them – a shame. Seeing the other two comments makes me think there should be a mild warning on any packet containing these. Maybe “Chia Seeds are believed, in rare cases, to cause mild and unpleasant psychiatric disturbances in some sensitive people”.

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    • Donnie says:

      i just tried them yesterday and that’s what brought me ‘here’, i put about 1 tsp. in some yogurt, later last night, felt very anxious and angry? found myself yelling at a friend and then, tried to sleep, woke up suddenly, sweating all over and shaking and thought i was dying???? scared me so, today, i contated the co. via their website to let them know. i am sensitive to medications too.

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    • Ken Vols says:

      You sound as if you are havinf a paranoid reaction. I have been eating 1 1/2 Tbls a day for over 3 years with zero side effects

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  16. I have just started taking chia seeds. Just small spoonfuls for now. But I am a migraine sufferer and also suffer from head pains due to inflamed nerves. I take Gabapentin for the pain.
    I don’t know if it is a coincidence but 2 out of 3 times I have taken chia seeds I have had a severe migrain attack. Has anyone else had such an experiance.
    I am now reluctant to take anymore.

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    • New User says:

      I have never heard of chia seeds causing migraine attacks. How do you prepare it? I have chia everyday for breakfast and it keeps me going all morning. I use 2 tsp chia. at least 4 Tbsp. water, one banana mashed up, a handful of blueberries, about 10 almonds, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. I also add my multivitamin (a powder) into the mix because it’s easier to eat than swallow the pill form, hehe.. I have heard migraines can at least be managed if not cured by eating more veggies. Celery is one of the best things to eat. I recommend reading the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman for more information about nutrition and the nutritarian lifestyle. Veggies are very powerful things, hehe..

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  17. P.K. Bhasin says:

    What is DIVERTRICULOUCUS. Thanks

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    • New User says:

      Diverticulosis are outpocketings of the colon. Infection of a diverticulum can result in diverticulitis, which could be tears in the colon leading to bleeding or perforations. My sister had diverticulitis and there were polyps on the lining of her colon, basically pockets of waste, that was never able to “push out” due to poor diet. She had to have surgery to get that portion of her colon cut out because it was so thin, waste was literally killing her. Fiber is very important in our diets, especially lots of greens, in order to keep things flowing. A lot of meat in the diet is not favorable as well because it is harmful to the body. I suggest reading Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman about a nutritarian lifestyle. It has a lot of information about nutrition that, I know personally, was never taught to me in health class when I was younger, hehe…

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  18. emmerised says:

    Bobs red mill says one third cup and has lots of info. check it out!

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  20. Elizabeth varga says:

      
     

    When I eat a teaspoon of chia, my mind is going,  I have vivid dreams.  I feel I’ ll going to be crazy, and after comes with loose bowel movements Usually I do not have  insomnia, but if I take mentioned amount of chia I get up around 3am and I could not go back to sleep. If I sprinkle a little bit on my salad, that is okay. I have energy all day, and my bowel movement is perfect, I’m able to control my craving. I do not have major medical problem, except my craving, and my cholesterol was 202 last time, but I do not take any medication.  My blood-pressure rather low, than high. 114/72/66. 

     

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  21. Elizabeth Esguerra says:

    How much intake of Chia seeds is ideal per day? Am type 2, diabetic but controlled
    by diet and had angioplasty (one stent) last year. Using Plavix in a.m. and aspirin
    at bedtime Statin.

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    • New User says:

      I was also a Type 2 Diabetic and was able to “cure” it with the nutritarian lifestyle described in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book called Eat to Live. I have since taken a liking to my chia seeds. I use both the dark and light chia and have 2 tsp. everyday for breakfast. Some people cook with it and add it to soups, desserts, etc. I find it easiest to mash up a banana, add some blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, throw in my chia (with water added) and have it as my breakfast in the mornings.

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      • gypsey queen says:

        Hi new user

        I have thyroid problems.

        I decided to use chia.

        After reading your delicious recipe with the mashed banana, I feel so good.

        thank you

        gypsey

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    • Kim says:

      I heard that one of the side effects of the chia seeds can be thinning your blood. That’s usually a good thing, but if you are already on an aspirin regimin, you might check with your doctor before taking too many. Good luck!

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  22. gretchen says:

    If you have ever been told you have diverticulocus do not eat chia seeds. I am currently suffiering from diverticulitis now. The dr said, “dont worry, almost everyone one 50 has some diverticulocus” so I didn’t think about it again. Until now!

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    • Sarah says:

      I read on another site that chia seeds are good at preventing/treating diverticulitis and diverticulosis as the gel coating helps hydrate and ease the passage of waste through the colon.

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      • New User says:

        Sarah, you are correct. Chia, as well as seeds, nuts, berries, (all those things that we are supposedly not supposed to eat) actually help eliminations run smoothly. Fiber is the most important thing that we are supposed to eat in out diets and we should get that through lots and lots of fruits, vegetables, and beans.. Sadly, veggies are not in a lot of people’s diets these days.. I recommend kale, swiss chard, broccoli, and brussel sprouts (to name a few)…

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  23. maryann parker says:

    will chia seed intake, about 1 tbsp a day, effect the absorbtion of my thyroid or blood pressure medication?

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    • Christina says:

      Maryann, according to what I read, it is possible. You should consult a doctor before taking chia seeds.

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