Well before the Chia Pet was born, chia seeds were a staple food, like corn and beans, in the diets of the Aztecs and the Mayans. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for strength. Chia seeds were considered almost magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over a long period of time.
Chia seeds are super because, like a superfood, they deliver maximum amounts of nutrition with minimum calories. They a very rich source of many essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, and magnesium, and are also an excellent source of vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and folic acid. Chia seeds have 700 times the omega 3 fatty acids as salmon and are high in omega 6 fatty acids to help maintain healthy heart, skin and nails. They also contain several health-benefiting antioxidants, which protect against oxidative stress and many age-related health issues.
Chia seeds are great for digestion, as they contain high amounts of fiber. When soaked in water, chia seeds absorb up to 12 times its own weight in water - which helps curb the appetite and promote healthy digestion and elimination. By adding just one ounce of chia seeds to your diet daily, you can reduce your overall caloric intake while doubling your fiber intake.
Add chia seeds to your smoothies, salads, yogurt, or anything else for that matter. You can even use them as an ingredient in homemade breads and crackers.