Did you know... the Aztecs paid tribute to a select few powerful, life-giving foods, and this included the tiny, but quite remarkable, chia seed. In this “did you know” we look at some of the qualities that made chia so revered by the Aztecs, and which we now know, are benefits for health and longevity.
Chia Seeds contain more Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids by volume, than virtually any other seed.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's), such as Omega 3 and 6, are required by our bodies to function, and can only be obtained by our diets (our bodies can’t create them). So essential means essential and you better be getting them in your diet.
• Seeds in general are an excellent source of Omega 3 EFA’s, and the chia seed contains perhaps the highest Omega 3 EFA content by volume, of them all!
• Chia Seeds are packed with a specific Omega 3, called ALA (alpha-Linoleic Acid). Omega 3 ALA is associated with lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, higher HDL (good) cholesterol, and is like all Omega 3’s, is required by our bodies to make energy in our cells.
Chia Seeds are a great source of complete protein, including all essential and non-essential amino acids.
Proteins are the building blocks of life, they are required by our bodies to live, to grow, to repair, and to thrive.
• Seeds in general are a great source of protein, and the chia seed is no exception. Chia seeds contain 20% or more protein by volume, and this complete, readily digestible, protein.
• Proteins are made up of amino acids, and a complete protein has about 20 amino acids, 9 of which are "essential" and must come from our diets. Not a problem if you're eating chia seeds ... chia seeds contain complete protein, including all essential and non-essential amino acids. They are packaged nicely in the soft core of the seed, which easily exposed and absorbed when the seeds are crushed, cracked or soaked in water.