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In the 2006 movie Apocolypto, did you notice how the Mayans could run without much food needed?  Yes its just a movie but it does reflect the true fitness of the Mayans at that time.  What was their secret?  They were known to only eat two meals a day and during hunts, they would carry with them energy seeds or what we know today as Chia Seeds.

Not only did the Mayans consume it but the Aztecs and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance  while running long distances or during battle. During the Aztec civilisation, chia seed crops were harvested in the Mexican valley.

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Survival of the super seed

When Spanish came to the new world in 1500, they suppressed the pre Columbian culture and crops. Hence, they banned the cropping of Chia Seeds as it held a close relation with religion.

Chia Seeds only survived in Mexico since 500 years. A group of scientists from America and South America revived its cropping in Argentina. Now Chia Seeds are grown in southern Mexico, Central America, and certain southern South American countries like Bolivia.

An ounce of Chia seeds a day will give you all the energy and omega-3 you need

Chia seeds are known as a superfood as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fibre, protein, antioxidants and many other nutrients. Omega-3 is a nutrient that helps lower inflammatory activities like allergies and prevents blindness and sterility. Your body does not produce omega-3 and you can only obtain it from food sources. Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of omega-3, having more omega-3 than salmon and flaxseeds. When chewed, these tiny seeds produce a nutty taste. Known as running food by the Aztecs and American Indians, chia seeds provide satiety and endurance needed for long hours. Thanks to its high fibre and protein contents. A study conducted by Australian scientists found that regular consumption of chia seeds helps lower abdominal obesity and keeps heart and liver diseases at bay. So, make chia seeds a part of your everyday diet to promote good health!

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Regular usage of Chia Seeds in our diet has amazing health benefits. Chia Seeds can be consumed grounded, milled or as an energy drink. Following physical ailments can be cured with the help of proper intake of this super seed.

1) Fat Reduction: - Chia Seeds is full of dietary fibers, proteins and helps to stabilize blood sugar. It makes us full faster. Thus providing us loads of nutritients and helps to boost immunity. Consumption of Chia Seeds reduces the belly fat quickly.

2) Boon for Diabetics: - Chia Seeds slows down the digestion. Its outer coating helps to control the blood sugar levels. Adding Chia Seeds in the diet helps to cure Diabetes.

3) Heart Health Improves: - The nutrients present in the Chia Seeds balance the Cholesterol and blood sugar. Hence it results in the improved heart of health.

4) Healthy Integumentary System: - Our bodies’ Integumentary system comprises of skin, nails, hair and feathers etc. The nutrients present in Chia Seeds helps to develop a sound Integumentary System, which means we can always gorge on Chia for healthy kin, hair and nails.

5) Healthy Teeth and Bones: - Calcium, Phosphorus, Manganese and proteins present in Chia Seeds suffice our bodies’ need to have healthy bone and teeth.

Some more benefits of Chia Seeds

1) Aids Sleep:- Chia Seeds have Tryptophan, an amino acid also found in turkey, which works with brain to naturally promote sleep.

2) Growing kid Supplement: - Chia Seeds are packed with nutrients vital for growing kids. It helps brain, bones and tissue development.

3) Vegetarian must have: - Chia is an ideal food for vegans in order to complete their nutritional requirement. Chia Seeds serve us with all goodness of meat and marine food

4) Chia Skin benefits:- These seeds are powerhouse of nutrition. The oil content (Omega 3) makes them ideal for skin ailments. It is a strong anti aging. Chia Seeds are strong skin soothing, anti inflammatory and protective substance. It helps our skin to protect top layer and infections.

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How to use:

As a drink: Mix in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar for flavour. This is a popular drink in Mexico and Central America known as ‘chia fresca’.

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Source: chiaseedsorganic.org

As a snack: Chew it on its own or mix with nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Alternatively, add water and let it sit for 30 minutes to form chia jelly.

For everyday foods: Sprinkle ground or whole seeds on cereal, yoghurt, salads, porridge, noodle and any of your favourite dish.

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For baking: Grind it fine and mix with flour to make muffins, cookies, bread and other baked goods.

As a skin soothing mask: Soak some Chia Seeds in water. Leave for 10 minutes; add some oil (olive, lavender or rosemary). A gel is formed. Apply it all over the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off. This Mask helps to reduce skin inflammation, redness and itchiness.