CHIA

Source of benefits for your health

Belonging to the mint family, the plant is consumed worldwide for possessing outstanding and proven health benefits.

Provides a valuable source of fiber, protein and high levels of fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6; valuable for excellent cardiovascular health, as it doesn`t have gluten, it is indicated for people with celiac (gluten allergy).


An old history

It is not recent that chia is known, there is scientific evidence that it began to be used in human food around the year 3500 BC.
Between 2,600 BC and 2,000 BC was grown in the valley of Mexico by Teotihuacan and Toltec, ancient peoples of the region.

The ancient Aztec warriors used these seeds as a food of high energy endurance, also, it is known as the “running food” because they subsisted on chia seed during their conquests and battles.

Benefits when you consume it

It has anti-inflammatory action, once the seed provides the omega3 (linolenic acid), which has the property to fight inflammation in the body system.

A study by AYERZA, R and W COATES, published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism magazine in 2007 showed that the diet containing chia, either in the form of seed or oil, was able to increase the plasma levels of omega 3 fatty acids.

Due to its amount of fibers, it combats constipation, helping with good intestinal health.

The seed consumption also helps the blood pressure control, once omega 3 present in the seeds has anti-hypertensive effect.

It helps athletes improve their strength and performance, it also helps in the muscle recovery after exercise, thanks to the presence of vegetable proteins, omega 3 and minerals that are lost through sweating.

Curiosities

Chia originates in regions of Mexico and Guatemala, but the biggest producer of chia in the world is located on the other side of the globe, and it is Australia.

Decorative body paintings were produced with its oil in ancient civilizations.

Consumption and knowledge for its important health benefits were so high, that at a certain time of the Aztec and Mayan history the Chia seed was used as currency for trade and taxes payment.

There are controversies about the chia’s name, one of the versions says that the word is derived from CHIABAN which means “strengthening”. Other research suggests that the name of the seed is native from the Aztec word CHIAN that means “oily”.