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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chia Seeds Basil Seeds

Been hearing a lot about Chia Seeds. No I have not read Christopher McDougall's Born to Run yet but have heard enough talk about Chia Seeds. A quick search on the web and was bowed over by its so called health benefits. After several futile search, finally managed to find it. 

Haven't yet open it cause I have found an alternative. And it is this little pack of Basil Seeds, a native plant of Asia. Most of us older folks will remember that it is commonly used in Bandung drink, a local rose syrub and condensed milk drink. The Muslim in the region also add it liberally to their drinks during the fasting month.

The basil seeds in its original form. Looks like the Chia seeds but a little bigger.

Put it in water and it will expand and there will be a coating of jelly like membrane just like the Chia seeds.

Exactly how beneficial is Chia Seeds or Basil Seeds to us? What are the differences between these 2 so similar looking seeds? Read here.


  1. hi, i am searching for it too. Can you share with me where you get yours?

    1. Mila vs. Other Salvia Hispanica L (CHIA SEEDS)

      Mila is a mixture of chia seeds that have numerous health benefits. Lifemax Inc., a network marketing company, recognized the significant benefits of chia and promotes its blend of chia seeds as Mila. The seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent heart disease, reduce the risk of heart attacks, improve hair and skin condition, enhance memory, treat arthritis, and much more. Chia, an ancient Aztec crop, is also nutrient dense in protein, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, and antioxidants. Lifemax also called the seed blend "Mila" to distinguish it from other types of chia or Salvia Hispanica L. for four main reasons.

      Carefully Selected Seeds

      The chia seeds in Mila are selected based on factors such as climate, soil and time of harvest. These factors are crucial to determining the quality of the chia seeds and how nutrient dense they are. For example, mature seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids in comparison to immature seeds. Hence, Mila is a special blend of only high-quality seeds. Seeds that do not pass inspection are not wasted and are used in many other channels of distribution.

      Special Cleaning Process

      Seed cleaning is important to ensuring that only the best seeds are being blended. The process removes debris from the seed as well as low-quality or infected seeds. Debris and damaged seeds can cause infection. Therefore, only good quality viable seeds are included into the mixture. Cleaning not ensures high-quality nutrition, but your safety as well.

      Mechanical Seed Opening

      Grinding seeds allows lower-quality seeds to be included into the seed blend. The process easily masks these bad seeds and compromises the quality of the mixture. Grinding also causes beneficial oils and nutrients to be lost. However, Mila preserves the nutrients and maintains high-quality seeds by using a cold-fracture s ystem. This unique process opens the seed instead of grinding it. The system also does not increase temperature as the seed is opened. Higher temperatures would lead to oxidation or oxygen spoiling the seed.

      More Nutritional Value

      The cold-fracture system also rids of the seed shell, which can inhibit nutrient absorption. People who consume chia seeds with the shell will not receive as many nutrients. The reason is because the shell is difficult to digest. Mila contains chia seeds that are stripped from their shell. As a result, your body will extract more nutrition and get the most out of the chia seeds. Other than the fact that Mila is highly concentrated in several nutrients, it's also gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and grown organically. A combination of these properties make Mila great for heart health, weight loss, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, mental health, bone health, menopause, anti aging, blood sugar, breast health, prostate health, and prenatal health.

  2. I bought mine at an organic shop at basement of Parkway Parade in Singapore.

  3. May I know how much they cost?

  4. Hi there, u can refer to this post

  5. The Basil seed/ Chia seed is used with cold drinks and it helps to stay cool in summer.
    it does not cost a lot. may be 2 or 3 dollars depends on how big the pack is. I remember buying this for less than 2 dollars, a pack of 200 or 250 grams, when i was living in new york. and you can get it from any Asian/Pak-Indo Grocery store.

  6. Hi,can I ask where did you get your basil seeds? Thanks

    1. Basil seeds are called "Hot e'" in Vietnamese grocery store. Two-ounce bag costs fifty cents for a total of 4 dollars/pound which is much less expensive than 'chia' seeds sold in Sprouts (10 dollars/pound).

  7. Hi there, you can get basil seeds from any spice shops in the markets.

  8. Spice shops in those markets at HDB's you mean? Thanks for replying :)