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Salba Seed Side Effects

By Rae Uddin

Salba seed, more commonly known as chia seed, is derived from the Salvia hispanica plant. When used as a medicinal supplement, this omega-3 fatty acid-rich seed may help reduce your risk of heart disease and may aid in weight loss and treatment of Type 2 diabetes; however, additional research is needed to support these purported benefits of salba seeds. Talk with your doctor about salba seed side effects before including this herbal treatment as part of your daily dietary intake.

Upset Stomach

Consuming salba seeds may upset your stomach. You may experience mild nausea or stomach pain, which may contribute to a temporary decrease in your normal appetite. Such side effects are typically temporary and subside within a day following treatment with salba seed. Contact your doctor if you experience severe or persistent stomach pain.


Salba seed is also an excellent source of fiber. Increasing your fiber intake may help you maintain regular bowel movement habits. Improper or excessive consumption of salba seeds may overstimulate your intestinal tract and may cause frequent, urgent bowel movements that yield loose stools. This side effect, called diarrhea, may be disruptive and may occur in conjunction with bloating or abdominal pain. Seek care from your physician if diarrhea persists, as recurrent episodes of watery bowel movements may elevate your risk of becoming dehydrated.

Low Blood Pressure

Treatment with salba seeds may significantly lower your blood pressure. As such, people receiving drug treatment for high blood pressure should not consume salba seeds. In conjunction, these treatments may cause severely low blood pressure -- also called hypotension. Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, headache, difficulty concentrating and loss of consciousness. If such side effects arise after you take a salba seed supplement, contact your primary medical provider.


Low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, may occur as a side effect of consuming salba seed. Due to this effect, people taking medication for diabetes should not use salba seed unless otherwise instructed by a physician. If you develop hypoglycemia, you may experience lightheadedness, hunger, confusion, fatigue, tremors, anxiety or unusual sweating. Discuss these symptoms with your health care provider if they occur.

Allergic Reaction

People who are hypersensitive to plants in the Salvia family may experience a severe allergic reaction to salba seed. Improper use of this supplement may result in hives, breathing difficulties, facial swelling, dizziness, trouble swallowing, pale skin, weakness or fainting. Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of these allergic reaction symptoms after consuming salba seed. Without proper medical care, an allergic reaction may cause life-threatening complications.

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