Chia Seeds and Ovarian Cancer

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Q: If flax seeds are not recommended for ovarian cancer, what about the chia seeds? And since I am on a blood thinner, will chia seeds have an effect on this medication?

SGG, Winthrop, Maine 

A: Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 can increase the effects of blood thinning medications when consumed in high amounts especially from dietary supplements. It’s always best to ask your physician or dietitian, however one serving (two tablespoons) of chia seed on average, will not be enough to provide these contraindicated effects.

Chia seeds also contain benefits such as fiber, manganese, antioxidants and are a natural, plant source of protein. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not contain phytoestrogenic compounds making them a healthy choice for patients with ovarian cancer who are not at high risk for bowel obstruction.

For a healthy, delicious recipe that includes chia seeds, try these wheat germ muffins.

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