Mild and nutty flavored, chia seeds were cultivated long ago by the Aztecs and the Maya. The name chia comes from the wordchian, meaning oily in the Aztec language of Nahuatl. The special oils in this tiny superseed are omega-3 essential fatty acids, which may contribute to the maintenance of mental function and normal heart health. Healthy chia is also high in fiber and a good source of calcium, iron and magnesium.A gluten free superseed, Chia seeds are a source of Calcium and Iron, a high source of Fiber and provide 3 grams of Omega-3 per 15 grams serving. Chia seeds also contain protein, essential vitamins and minerals and a host of antioxidants, giving them an ORAC value of 1,200 per serving. It is said that Aztec warriors would consume a mixture of chia and water during hunting trips to ensure stamina and endurance. These mild, nutty seeds are a fast and simple way to enhance your daily diet with an extra boost of much needed nutrition. Health Benefits of Chia seeds For sugar control : Diabetics Including chia in the diet has a positive impact on the blood glucose control of Type 2 Diabetes patients. A recent case study by accredited and practicing dietician Emma Morris of Stay Tuned Sports Medicine showed that The inclusion of 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in the daily diet of diet-controlled Type 2 Diabetics, assisted in the reduction of their morning blood glucose levels and blood glucose levels 2 hours post-dinner. Energy: For consumers that want to increase their energy levels Chia provides a sustained release of energy into the body. Many of our consumers are athletes who eat Chia to improve endurance and aid joint mobility and muscle repair. Fibre content : Consumers that need to increase FIBRE in their diet Chia contains 36% fibre of which 80% is insoluble and 20% soluble. Consuming fibre helps to lower cholesterol in the body, aids intestinal health, including regular gut function and can reduce the risk and occurrence of colon cancer. A high fibre diet has shown to improve blood sugar control and may help to assist some people with their diabetes management. Weight Management : Consumers that want to MANAGE their WEIGHT Chia Seed has the effect of thickening or bulking up food and therefore can give you a full sensation when you add it to food. This can result in you taking in fewer calories over the day and assist with weight loss. Chia also provides a slow release of energy which can sustain you for longer. Heart Health : Consumers concerned about maintaining their HEART HEALTH Chia Seed contains 20% Omega 3. Chia Oil, is a more concentrated source providing 60% Omega 3. The Omega 3 ALA found in Chia is especially important for a healthy heart and research has shown it can be beneficial for lowering cholesterol, maintaining artery function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The heart foundation recommends a daily intake of 2g of Omega 3 ALA as opposed to Omega 3 DHA (found in fish oil) which should be consumed twice a week. Skin, Hair and Nails : Consumers that want HEALTHY SKIN, HAIR and NAILS Chia contains a high source of Omega 6 LA, antioxidants and protein which are all important for healthy skin. Studies have shown a diet containing antioxidants can slow the process of aging in the body. Hair and nails are also mostly made of protein. The human body uses protein to build and repair tissues and needs relatively large amounts of protein and must draw on it from the diet as protein isnt stored in the body. Chia is a great natural source of protein since it contains 20% protein in each serve.