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My husband turned me on to Salba, and I will NEVER doubt him again. Salba is delicious.

Posted by Jasmine Beaupre on August 12, 2008 9:17 AM

Hello David,

I have just purchased Salba from North Star. It is the white seeded chia, I gather from reading this blog. I do not have diabetis, but have nasty IBS and there is a claim that these seeds will help with that too. Here's hoping!

Thanks for the info. I will keep reading up on this.


Posted by Ruth S on August 29, 2008 6:01 PM

Thanks for the opinions and story. I went over to Leisure Guy's blog based on your post and a few hours later I am back here. I actually read all the comments (crazy I know) but I wanted to know people's experience with Salba as I am just wrapping up a September is Salba month on Evolving Wellness.

Having done the research on both, I just feel Salba is so much more scientifically justified - but that is my own opinion.

Ultimately people have to do their own research and decide for themselves.

Posted by Evita on September 27, 2008 7:07 PM

Hi All,

I'm concerned about the some of the content on this website. There is a massive amount of politics in the chia industry. Regarding Dr. Wayne Coates' comments above about Salba being "a joke"...a few points for discussion:

1.) Wayne Coates was an original member of the Salba team. There are many rumors about why he left Salba, but they all point to Dr. Coates wanting more money. Perhaps he was justified, but this speaks to the credibility of everything Dr. Coates says against Salba.

2.) Wayne Coates has owned or partnered in several failed chia companies: Arizona Chia, Anutra, Chia Farms, Lifemax ("the signature grain") - the latest generation is called Mila. With Mila, the only difference is a substantially higher price tag (around $40) and savvy marketing ideas like calling it "the miracle seed". Note that on the Mila website, they make no mention of "chia".

3.) Dr. Coates speaks extensively against Salba, often saying: "Salba is just the white chia." However, the facts contradict this. Salba is grown using a refined growing process where quality comes before quantity. As a result, Salba seeds have 30-35% more fiber and omega-3s than chia (BASED ON USDA DATA).

I don't have anything against Dr. Coates, but I think there might be a hidden agenda here.

Posted by Angela on December 11, 2008 9:40 AM

To Ruth "I do not have diabetis, but have nasty IBS and there is a claim that these seeds will help with that too. Here's hoping!"

From earliest childhood I have had IBS, colitis, debilitating constipation that caused diverticulosis. About 4 years ago I began to research causes of the constipation that caused all the other problems - it's magensium deficiency.

Now I take chelated magnesium, 3-4 100 mg capsules a day fix the problem, and no more muscle cramps either.

For chelated MG:

It cannot hurt you.

See also: (good website)
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency is associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, and a bunch of other ailments. Supplementing with magnesium has helped many of these conditions in clinical studies.

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are irritability, tantrums, seizures, insomnia, muscle cramps/twitching, hyperactivity and poor digestion among others. Magnesium is needed for proper electrolyte function, over 300 enzyme functions, and calcium absorbtion.

I also found it very interested to read that one of the primary sources of dietary magnesium is whole grains and cereals. If one goes 100% gluten free, you may be losing a main source of magnesium, and could go deficient especially if you are also supplementing with extra calcium to make up for the casein free part.

Higher amount of magnesium may cause a laxative effect (milk of magnesium, epsom salts).

Clinical indications of magnesium deficiency were associated with the following:

Alzheimer's disease
Attention deficit disorder
Auto immune disorders- all types
Cerebral Palsy- in children from magnesium deficient mothers
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain
Congestive heart failure
Crohn's disease
Diabetes mellitus
Gut disorders- including peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, colitis
Food allergy
Irritable bowel syndrome
Multiple sclerosis
Muscle cramps
Muscle weakness, fatigue
Parkinson's disease
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Ulcerative colitis

Pass it on.

Posted by hazeleyes on January 7, 2009 6:44 AM

David Roberts. Tell me all you know about planting and harvesting white salba. Thanks R

Posted by Ralph G on May 20, 2009 2:27 PM

David Roberts, I am interested in learning the growing and harvesting process of Salba. Thank you

Posted by Natalia8916 on June 4, 2009 1:43 PM

Hi about chia seeds & flax seeds both have lignans which is said to help fight cancer click my name for the info

Posted by Beverly on January 5, 2010 5:13 AM

Wow, thanks so much dXm for your very informative post on Chia. I have only just discovered it here in Australia and have had it sitting in my pantry for a while, only to take it out and try it this morning at breakfast for the first time. After reading the label and getting VERY excitied over the health benefits of this product, I am wondering why on earth we have never heard of it?! Not that I am a great health foodie, but I do frequent health food shops and so forth.

I am VERY excited to use this product to sneak into my children's diets - one of whom has Autism and is the most extreme of fussy eaters, making it near impossible to get any supplements/fish oil down..

My question is - how do you think this can help to improve his autism/memory and so forth. Yes, I know that is a way out question, it won't fix his autism, but just wondering if you know of any studies? Do you have a website of your own, as I noticed you said of your interest Chia...

Many thanks

Posted by Julia (Australia) on January 20, 2010 3:24 PM

I purchased a bag of chia as well as a bag of salba from a local health food store thinking that I would do the differentiating for myslf. My advice to all regarding salba vs. chia your homework. The bag of chia contained traces of what appeared to be dirt and debris (not visible unless you really look hard). The container of salba did not contain any of these things. I contacted a rep. from salba and asked what their process was before packaging. She said that they use very sophisticated equipment that is able to sort out this type of debris and that it was absolutely necessary when packaging salba because it cannot be washed as the seeds would expand and become unusable. From my discovery of this "dirty chia", this seems like a case of you get what you pay for.

Posted by Calvin James on January 31, 2010 7:56 PM

David Roberts can you tell me how to harvest chia and Salba? thank you so much for your help.
Sincerely Dana

Posted by Dana Hanson on February 10, 2010 6:52 AM

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