Composition of Chia
Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients.
Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family.
Health Benefits of Chia
Chia seeds promote a healthy skin and complexion. They help to reduce signs of aging.
Chia seeds support the heart and digestive system as well as building stronger bones and muscles.
They are known to increased energy and lower weight.
Increased fiber intake has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
They give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night. Because they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid, they are great for avoiding dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat.
History of Chia
Originally grown in Mexico, the seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. They were even used as currency.
Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. They said just one spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and chia seeds were known as “runners’ food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet.