Chia, the forgotten food of the ancient Aztecs, is superior to other plant and marine sources of Omega-3’s, it is low in sodium, high in protein, lipids, fiber, and antioxidants, and has fewer carbohydrates than most grains
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that cannot be synthesized in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids help support healthy heart and cardiovascular systems. The daily adequate intake of Omega-3 recommended for adults ranges from 2 - 4 grams. One ounce of chia seed contains 5.8 grams of Omega-3.
Chia was one of the four main foods of the Aztecs along with corn, amaranth and beans. Commercial production ceased after the conquest because of religious persecution and for agronomic reasons, but consumption from wild plants never stopped. As part of the an effort led by the University of Arizona, it was re-domesticated in the 1990’s, and is now available for food, feed, and cosmetic applications.
“Chia is considered a food and hence is exempt from regulations” and “Chia has been consumed by native cultures for long periods of time and we are not aware of any safety concerns.” (FDA 2005)