More about Chia seeds
Used as early as 3500BC by the Aztecs, the name Chia comes from the Mayan word for Strength. The ancient civilisations considered the seed to be sacred, they would use it in religious ceremonies, for medicinal purposes and as a food source. It was added to drinks, pressed for oil or ground into flour and used for currency. It was believed that chia seeds could induce super powers and warriors, who attributed their stamina to the seed, would prepare a chia based drink before battle. To this day the seeds are still used by Mexican tribes for increased performance and stamina, especially by runners who state that they can run hundreds of miles after one chia drink. When the Spanish conquered, they banned the growing and use of Chia seeds because of its religious connotations but luckily it survived in certain regions and continues to grow today.
As Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 (ALA), they can improve memory function and reduce inflammation or cholesterol. They can be used during pregnancy to replenish nutrients, boost energy and slow sugar absorption. Due to its high content of Calcium, Phosphorous and Magnesium the seeds are beneficial for bones and teeth further to assisting with reduced body weight and preventing hypertension. Considered to be the best source of fibre in the world, chia helps digestion and assists in maintaining friendly gut bacteria .
Studies have shown that Chia seeds can have considerable improvements in type 2 diabetes and with high levels of antioxidants the seeds help prevent disease by fighting free radicals within the body. Noted as an effective food for reducing signs of ageing and promoting healthy skin and heart health.