* *ADVISORY* *Chia seeds can interact with the medication warfarin/coumadin. Patients on blood pressure medication should take chia seeds cautiously. Patients on blood thinners should not take chia seeds.
DOSAGE:Follow the dosage recommended by the manufacturer. A dose of 2 tablespoons, equivalent to 15 grams, contains 3000 mg omega-3 fatty acids and 5 grams fiber. A dose of 1 tablespoon daily is recommended for children between the ages of 4 1/2 and 18.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that chia seeds are a safe and effective product for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors. Remember to include them in your list of medications when you visit your doctor and other health care providers.
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