Chia seed is obtained from the Mexican native chia plant (Salvia hispanica), so named after the Mayan word meaning “strength.” It would seem that the plant was aptly named since the seeds were known by several indigenous peoples to promote endurance. In fact, chia seed was often the only source of nutrition consumed by the ancient Aztecs and southwestern tribes of the U.S. while traveling great distances in pursuit of conquest or trade.*
Aside from consisting of about 30% protein, chia seed delivers an abundance of vitamins A, B, D, E and K. They also contain alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, essential fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture on its own. In terms of other nutrients and minerals, the list is lengthy. A run down by alphabetical order: calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, thiamine, and zinc. Finally, chia seed is the richest plant-based source of omega-3 available.*
Chia seed is also an excellence source of soluble fiber. In fact, due to its hydrophilic properties it can absorb up to 12 times its volume in water. This activity has two benefits. First, it helps to keep the body hydrated, which is important for proper cellular metabolism and renewal. Secondly, it reduces transit time in the gastrointestinal tract while enhancing the absorption of vitamins and minerals.*
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