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Chia lowers blood pressure (but that's not all)
Some of the chia was made into bread. Another part was a powder, which the subjects had to use as a supplement.
On another occasion, the subjects were fed a diet with just as much energy, carbohydrates, fats and proteins for 12 weeks. During that period, the subjects did not receive chia, but wheat bran.
After the subjects had taken chia for 12 weeks, their blood pressure had dropped by several points. The effect was not extreme, but significant.
Chia supplementation also lowered the inflammatory factor CRP in the blood. CRP is an inflammatory factor, which plays a role not only in vascular disorders, but also in a variety of chronic diseases and aging processes.
Finally, chia reduced the concentration of Von Willebrand factor in the blood. Von Willebrand factor is a clotting factor. A chronically increased concentration of Von Willebrand factor increases the risk of arteriosclerosis and thrombosis.
A congenitally low concentration of von Willebrand factor leads to a haematolic disease in which a wound can lead to dangerously high blood loss. However, the Canadians found no effect on the coagulation values of their subjects.
The researchers also found no effect of chia on the glucose and insulin balance.