Organic Chia Seeds (Essential Omega 3)
Organic Chia Seeds
Certified Organic by Organic Food Federation
Ideal Addition to Yogurts and Cereals
ancient Aztec Superfood
About Chia Seeds
The chia plant (Salvia hispanica) is a herbaceous plant that is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and the larger South America. The plant is also referred to as salba chia, lime-leaf sage, and Mexican chia. The scientific terms are of Spanish descent; they mean a plant that is able to save and restore. On the other hand, Chia is derived from the Nahua language spoken in Central Mexico; it means oily. Chia seeds are renowned for their high content in omega-3 fatty acids. The chia plant belongs to the Lamiaceae family, alongside peppermint, sage, and holy basil among other plants. Once ingested, the edible seeds of the chia plant have a mild, earthy taste. Chia seeds have oval shape. They have a similar look to that of flax, red clover, or alfalfa seeds.
The chia crop species thrives in a tropical and sub-tropical environment. The plant to a maximum height of 0.9-1m. The leaves of the plant are oppositely arranged along the stem. The annual plant takes relatively long before the seeds are fully developed. Undesirable temperatures are avoided as they cause the plant to frost and eventually die; this especially applies to low temperatures and wet soils. The seed has a shiny casing which mainly serves as an adaptation. In most cases, the casing is of black and white colour. However, in certain environments, the colour also tends towards charcoal grey or cream, with dull spots. The chia plant grows well in fertile, well-drained soils.
Chia seeds have a rich history that spans over 5,000 years. The plant, which is native to Central Mexico, has been incorporated in different cuisines and beverages for centuries. At first, the plant grew naturally in the wild. It was domesticated later on, about 3500 years ago. Chia seeds were the staple food of the Aztecs in Central Mexico for thousands of years. This is before the Spaniards introduced them to other types of food i.e. corn, amaranth, and beans. As a food, chia seeds were especially popular among Aztec warriors. They survived on the food while on the battle field; it had a relatively long shelf life and would not go bad fast. Also, they considered it as a wholesome food that had all the nutritional components that they needed. It was also used as a trade item by the Aztecs. It was exchanged for gold, cocoa, and corn. Different ancient civilisations in South America held the belief that chia seeds held supernatural powers. In the Mayan language, chia refers to strength. Chia seeds are a favourite for the Tarahumara who hail from Mexico and are famous for their running prowess. They believe that the seeds give them the much-needed energy and resilience which they require for such a strenuous activity. Chia seeds were also incorporated in various religious ceremonies. They were used in their natural or ground form. Some of the countries which took up the cultivation of the crop, and which also used it for various religious rites include Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Australia took up the cultivation of the chia plant and is now one of the world’s biggest grower of the same.
- Please note it is against MHRA guidelines for us to talk about any potential health benefits for this supplement however a quick google search on the potential benefits and you may be surprised.
How to use
We suggest taking up to 15g a day mixed in foods, drinks or take as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Please check out this delicious Chaga mushroom Banana Chia seeds muffin!
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