Botanical Name: Salvia hispanica
Components: Originally grown in Mexico, chia seeds were highly valued for their nutritional value and medicinal properties. Chia is an annual in the mint family.
Overview: Nutrient dense and packed with energy boosting power, chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. The benefits of chia seed include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones, and reducing the risk for diabetes. They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and protein. Chia also contains vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and they are a rich source of antioxidants.
Uses: Great addition to cereal, oatmeal, smoothies, and yogurt. Can be made into a nutritious pudding.