Origin : Mexico
Vitamins : A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, D, E, K, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol, PABA.
Minerals : Boron, Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorous, Potassium, Silicon, Sodium, Strontium, Sulphur, Zinc, Amylose (a slow-burning starch helpful in treating hypoglycemia), and Electrolytes.
Chia has a very good ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. Gluten-free and very low-sodium. It contains the important mineral 'Boron', a catalyst for the absorption of calcium. Domesticated in the valley of Mexico as early as 2,700 B.C., Chia Seeds served as a primary staple food of the Nahuatl (Aztec), Mayan, Incan and other indigenous peoples. One spoon of seed in water was used to supply sustenance for an entire day of hard labor. Related to the Nahuatl words Chiapan (River of Chia), and Chia (energy/strength.) Its cultivation is referenced in the Florentine Codex. So highly prized were the seeds that they
were used as currency. Traditionally and presently used by the Tarahumara and Chumash of Chihuahua, the seed is roasted, crushed, and mixed with water for a gel of extremely high nutritional value used as performance
food. In California, Arizona, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua it is, mixed with a lemonade. The ground seed meal was called Pinole.
The soaked seeds (shown above) are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges, and puddings. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods including breads, cakes, and biscuits. Chia sprouts are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. Chia sprouts are sometimes grown on porous clay figurines which has led to the popular U.S. novelty item of the Chia Pet.The seeds can also be placed in water, juices or tea producing a mucilge which can be consumed as a beverage.
- It helps to stablise your blood sugar and remove your urge for other snack foods. The gel (after soaking) will slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar and this is particularly useful for those with
- It provides a huge source of Essential Fatty Acids and these are
important for concentration and other brain functions.
- It also provides continuous energize and stamina because of the enormous amount of nutrients, such as proteins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre and complex carbohydrates. Often, it is also known as 'runners food' because of the good stamina and energy, for long distance runs
- It will give you a constant 'full' feeling because of the 'bloating effect' in your stomach. The gel which coated the seeds will make you feel full and thus, eating less.
- It helps to lower your cholesterol too and thus, improves heart health.
- It enhances good digestive benefits. Its fiber will help to clean up your
the intestinal tract and thus, enhance your bowel movement.
- It helps to tone and build lean muscle mass because of its high protein content.
- It helps to enable your disgestive system to absorb more nutrients. The huge amount of essential fatty
acids, will enable the body to emulsify and absorbs the fat soluble vitamins especially A, D, E, and K.
- It helps to build strong bones and enhance your body skeletal system because of the 'boron' mineral. The later mineral helps the body to speed up the rate of calcium absorption.
- It also enhances better healthier nails, skin, and hair because of its enormous amount of essential fatty acids.
- It regulates better hydration as the soaked seeds will retain fluid, which
is beneficial to athletes.
- Chia seeds can soak up to ten times their original weight. The gel is a soluble fiber that swells into hydrophylic colloid, which is vital for many digestive problems.
- Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Excellent amount of antioxidants.
- Good sources of Vitamins and minerals especially calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron,
molybdenum, niacin, zinc, and even boron (which helps the absorbing of calcium by the body).
- It is gluten-free and beneficial to the digestive system.
- It has higher source of protein than other seeds and grains. Considered by all vegetarians (including pregnant mothers), as an alternative protein
- It provides a lower glycemic index because of its slower rate in converting carbohydrates to glucose.