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May 2009

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Salba Smart Tortilla Chips, Pretzels & Salsa

Page 2: Health Benefits Of Salba



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The Health Benefits Of Salba

Salba is a superfood with a highly concentrated supply of quality nutrients that easily increase the nutritional value of meals. Salba adds omega-3, protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants and other key nutrients to recipes. It is:

  • Higher in omega-3 than than salmon (8 times higher) and flax [1]
  • Higher in antioxidants than pomegranate (2.8 times higher) and blueberry (12% more) [2]
  • Higher in magnesium than broccoli (15 times higher) [3]
  • Higher in calcium than whole milk (6 times higher) [4]
  • Higher in iron than spinach (3 times more) [5]
  • Higher in fiber than flax seed (25% more) and All Bran (1.1 times more) [6]
  • 50% of the folate content of asparagus [7]
  • Promotes control of diabetes
  • Promotes cardiovascular health

In clinical trials at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Salba reduced blood pressure, the major cardiovascular risk factor in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. In Salba Comparison Chartthe same study, Salba proved to be effective with respect to reduction in inflammation and coagulation factors. These results indicate the great health potential of Salba as a functional food. Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, Chief Investigator of clinical studies on Salba, stated: “Due to its extremely high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient rich composition, and results of preliminary clinical trials, Salba creates exceptional possibilities for the improvement of human health and nutrition. Salba can be considered the perfect functional food.” (You can read the full study at

Because of Salba’s ability to absorb several times its weight in water, it may also help to curb hunger.


[1] For those who seek more omega-3 in their diet, Salba has superior benefits to salmon and fish oil without the fish oil taste. (Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development. Salba is the richest vegetarian source of essential fatty acid (EFA).

[2] Laboratory research has shown that antioxidants help prevent free radical damage that is associated with cancer and other diseases.

[3] Magnesium helps with the formation of bone and teeth and assists with the absorption of calcium and potassium. Where calcium stimulates the muscles, magnesium relaxes them.

Chia SeedsSalvia hispanica, a.k.a. chia.

[4] Calcium is the chief supportive element in bones and teeth; calcium gives bone its strength and rigidity. Bones comprise 70% calcium salts by weight.

[5] Iron helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles.

[6] Dietary fiber has been proven to lower high blood cholesterol levels.

[7] Folate is needed to make DNA and RNA, which are critical during rapid cell division. Folate also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.


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