Chia seeds: history and benefits

The chia (Spanish sage) it’s a annual herbaceous plant belonging to the family Lamiaceae, the same as mint and lemon balm, with an ancient history. IS originally from Central Americaespecially Mexico and Guatemala. His semi were admitted to the EU market as a novel food ingredient on 13 October 2009 and are recommended for their benefits.

History of chia seeds

The term chia comes from chianwhich in Nahuatlancient Mexican language of the Aztec civilization, means “oily”. In fact, according to some historians these seeds were among the staple foods of the diet of the Aztecs as they are thought to be invigorating and also i Maya they were big consumers.

Chia seeds in pre-Columbian civilizations were also used as offering to the deities in religious ceremonies. They were imported to Europe by the Spanish after the discovery of America, but they were soon forgotten, while today they have returned to experience a very fortunate period.

The benefits of chia seeds

Chia seeds, available all year round, they are rich in calcium, vegetable fibers, antioxidants and proteins. They contain 34% Omega-3 fatty acids which fight cholesterolimprove heart function and have an anti-inflammatory action.

They are easily stored and have a very long shelf lifeif stored correctly. To enjoy its benefits, it is recommended to consume it raw.

If taken appropriately, chia seeds have no particularities contraindications. They also do not appear interactions between chia seeds and drugs or other substances.

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