Chia seed’s use as a nutritious and adaptogenic food dates back to the time of the Aztecs, when warriors relied on the seed to provide endurance. Aztec society held the seed in such high regard that it was often used as a form of currency.
Chia seed has some truly amazing properties.Try mixing a spoonful in a glass of water. In about thirty minutes you will find the glass contains neither seeds nor water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the seed.
Researchers believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when foods containing gummy fibers known as “mucilage”, are eaten. The gel that is formed creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes which then slows their conversion into sugar.
This slower conversion-rate is what promotes physical endurance, making Chia seeds a prized energy resource for athletes. The high oil content of Chia Seed is also extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids and even higher in antioxidants than blueberries.