- For centuries this tiny seed was a staple food of the Indians in the southwest and Mexico.
- Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance foodhas been recordedas far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests.
- The Indians of the southwest would eat as little as a teaspoon when going on a 24 hour forced march...
Chia seeds (Salvia ) are a source of Omega 3 fatty acids and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia , a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. Chia is familiar to most of us as a seed used for the novelty of the Chia Pet, clay animals with sprouted Chia seeds covering their bodies.
Little is known, however, of the seeds tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties. For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the southwest and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24hr. forced march. Indians running from the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seed for their nourishment.
Black Chia Seeds: A Nutritional and Antioxidant Powerhouse
One ounce of chia seeds provides eleven grams of fiber. This amount also includes calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, zinc and the proper ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a rich source of antioxidants containing chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol flavonols. These compounds are both primary and synergistic antioxidants that contribute to the strong antioxidant activity of chia.
Studies show that eating chia seed may slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrate calories into simple sugars. This leads scientists to believe that the chia seed may have great benefits for diabetics. Viscous fiber (that which appears like a gelatin) may possibly slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars and helps support healthy blood sugar levels.
This means it's beneficial to mix Chia Seed in with food you already like to eat.
Blood sugar naturally rises and falls throughout the day. It can also be what makes you drowsy in the afternoon. Dips and spikes aren't good for consistent, healthy energy. The slowing of the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar has the ability to create endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in the body. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows creating a longer duration in their fueling effects. Protein fuels energy as well and the protein in chia is complete.
More amazing properties of Chia Seeds
If you try putting a spoonful of Chia seeds in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. This blockage of calorie absorption makes the chia seed a great diet helper.
In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, this slowing in the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar offers the ability for creating endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in our bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows creating a longer duration in their fueling effects.
One of the exceptional qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, having the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. Its ability to hold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration. Fluids and electrolytes provide an environment that supports the life of all the body's cells. Their concentration and composition are regulated to remain as constant as possible. With Chia seeds, you retain moisture and regulate with more efficiency the body's absorption of nutrients and body fluids. Because there is greater efficiency in the utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.
You do not need to grind chia seeds in order to digest them. Chia is relatively easy to digest seed, whereas flax seeds are not.Flax seeds need to be ground for the nutrients to be absorbed by our digestive systems. That is not the case with chia seeds. Unlike flax-seeds, chia seeds can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw as a dietary fiber, omega 3 and antioxidant supplement.
Chia seeds soaked in fruit juice are commonly consumed in Mexico and known as chia . The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in porridge and puddings. Taste-wise, chia seeds have a slightly nutty flavor and are a healthful addition to the diet.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Black Chia Seeds may include:
Supporting cardiovascular health
Being very high in soluble fiber
May support healthy digestion and a healthy detoxification response
Strong antioxidant benefits
May support healthy joint function & mobility
May support prolonged energy & endurance
Supporting a healthy heart
Supporting healthy weight loss - dieters trying to reduce calorie consumption
Supporting healthy blood pressure levels
Higher antioxidants than blueberries
Macro and micronutrients of Black Chia Seeds include:
Lipids/Fatty Acids (Omega 3 & 6, 35%)
Carbohydrates and Fiber (25%)
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Folate, Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherol,
Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Serine, Glycine
Phytochemicals: phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, protocatechuic ethyl ester, caffeic acid, gallic acid
Our Chia seeds are raw, non-GMO, non-irradiated, and cultivated without pesticides. Try them and we know you'll enjoy them.
Suggested Uses: Add 1 teaspoon to cereal, yogurt or salads or soak in chilled fruit juice to make delicious chia . Can also be mixed into flour when making bread, muffins and other baked goods.
Miscellaneous Facts About Our Raw, Organic, Black Chia Seeds
Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.
Ingredients: Raw Black Chia Seeds.
Parts Used: Whole, Black Chia Seeds.
Botanical Name: Salvia .
Other Names: Chia Herb, Chia Sage, Indian Running Food.
Origin: Grown in Paraguay. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
How to Maintain Optimum Freshness
ZNaturalFoods.com offers our raw, organic Black Chia Seeds packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your raw, organic Black Chia Seeds in a cool, dark, dry place.
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