Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this tiny seed is a favourite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood.
Nutritional Data per 100g of Chia Seeds
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia is highly valued for its medicinal properties and nutritional value. Aztec warriors said 1 spoon of Chia could sustain them for 24 hours.
Consuming Chia seeds can enhance exercise performance for workouts that lasted 90 minutes the same way a sugar-laden sports drink can, but without all the sugar.
Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health.
Antioxidants in Chia seeds have been shown to stop up to 70% of free radical activity, as well as speed up the skin’s repair systems to prevent premature skin aging.
Numerous studies have shown that Chia seeds completely prevented the onset of dyslipidemia and insulin resistance, which are two factors in the development of diabetes.
Chia’s high fibre content helps promote bowel regularity. It also creates a gelatin-like substance in the stomach that works as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics.
Chia curbs hunger and suppresses appetite, which can also lead to weight loss. The rich fibre content in Chia absorbs water and expands in the stomach when eaten.