Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. The plant originates from the central Americas, it is heat loving and can grow in virtually desert - like conditions, with beautiful purpley - blue or white flowers.
Despite their tiny size, chia seeds pack a nutritional punch!
Chia seeds are rich in:
- Vitamins A, B12 and C
- Complete protein (18 Amino Acids)
- Minerals including potassium, phosphorous, folate, zinc, iron, and calcium
- Soluble and insoluble fibre
The Aztec Superseed
Aztecs and Mayans prized Chia seeds for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
Antioxidants, Fibre, Protein and Calcium
Chia is high in antioxidants that help protect the delicate fats in the seeds. Antioxidants help your body to fight the production of free radicals that lead to inflammation and disease.
Chia has around 30% dietary fibre, which is higher than that of flaxseeds (linseed) or sesame seeds, and works out to be about 10g in 2 tablespoons.
Chia is also an excellent source of high-quality protein making them a great addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Chia is extremely high in calcium – 3 tablespoons of chia seeds has as much calcium as a glass of milk.
Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are the highest known plant source of Omega-3, with 8 times more than salmon! However, it's important to note that the omega-3s in them are mostly ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). ALA needs to be converted into the active forms eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) before your body can use it and the human body is not terribly effective at doing this.
Therefore, plant omega-3s tend to be vastly inferior to animal sources like fish oil.
Ingredients: Certified Organic Raw Chia Seeds (Salvia hispanica)
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