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Chia Seed

Latin Name:
Salvia hispanica


Annual herb with opposite leaves 4-8 cm long. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous spiked clusters at the end of each stem. Small oval seeds follow. Height: Up to 1 meter

Common Uses

Chia is known as a muscle and tissue builder, slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar (creating steady energy instead of spikes of energy), and is a rich source of calcium. The seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, and chia is thought to help the immune system.


Chia seeds are high in antioxidants and are traditionally consumed in Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. Tribute and taxes to the Aztec priesthood and nobility were often paid in chia seed. It was one of the most important pre-Columbian crops in the Americas.

Products Containing this Ingredient

Chia Seed, Energy Food™, Rebuilder®

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