We refer to chia as the world’s perfect superfood because it is high in nutrition essential for a healthy diet. Chia is an edible oilseed, the richest plant-based source of Omega-3 alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), with more protein, fiber, and antioxidants – but fewer carbohydrates – than rice, wheat, corn, barley, or oats, and an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, and copper. It is low in sodium, gluten free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, non-allergenic, and can be stored for years with no deterioration.
While chia is a seed, it is considered a “whole grain” because it contains all the components of a grain: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Research into whole grain foods indicates they lead to better overall health, lower the risks associated with being overweight, lower the risks of diet-related diseases including diabetes and heart disease, and reduce the risk of bowel cancer. Chia is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids, and is the only “whole grain” you can eat straight from the plant.
Chia is a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. The soluble fiber in chia forms a gel-like substance when mixed with water due to the seed softening and expanding, and it helps moderate blood glucose levels and lower cholesterol. The insoluble fiber in chia does not dissolve in water but passes through the digestive system, improving intestinal health, stomach functions, and reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Chia contains Omega-3 ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid) and Omega-6 LA (linoleic acid), essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the human body but are vital for normal metabolism. They are important for a healthy heart, beneficial for lowering cholesterol, maintaining good circulation, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, improved mood and brain function, and joint mobility.
Chia is a rich source of protein and amino acids (the building blocks of protein). Protein builds bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, hair, nails and blood, repairs tissue, and makes important enzymes and hormones; the body relies on protein and gets it solely through diet. Amino acids found in protein are essential to synthesizing protein and are a great source of energy; chia contains all eight essential amino acids.
Chia is a superfood packed with vitamins, minerals and other trace elements. Chia contains: calcium for strong bones and teeth and proper neuromuscular function; magnesium for the absorption of calcium and the stabilization of heart rhythm; potassium to regulate blood pressure and keep the body’s water balance; iron for the hemoglobin that transports oxygen to the tissues; and phosphorus for bone structure.
Chia is an excellent source of antioxidants – molecules that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions.