Chia seeds are on the list of superfoods from time immemorial. A native of Mexico and Guatemala, this is a plant that had great nutritional and economic importance in ancient times. It is still used for its nutrition in Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
Known and revered for their high nutrient content, Chia seeds has become a very popular food both with herbalists and nutritionists. “Chia” in Mayan language means “strength”. It is also known as the “Indian running food”.
Chia seeds contain all the essential amino acids, Vitamins B, D and E, and are rich in niacin, boron, zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium. The iron content of Chia seeds is two-and-half more than spinach, while the omega3 content is 8.7 times more than in wild salmon. Its calcium content is 5.4 times more than milk.
This is rightly called a superfood because it contains more nutrients than any other plant. Being cholesterol-free and low in sodium this is a good nutrient source or people who have high blood pressure. It also promoted hydration in the body as the seeds have hydrophilic properties.
Chia seeds help quick regeneration of muscle tissue and have a high energy to weight ratio hence, are especially beneficial to athletes. The seeds also help in weight loss since they make one feel full without losing valuable nutrients necessary to the body.