Chia seeds have been used medicinally and as a food source for centuries by the ancient Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. This “superfood” was considered so powerful that it was believed to be more valuable than gold.
Chia is high in fibre and moderate in carbohydrates and protein. It contains the minerals phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper. It is also high in antioxidants and a good source of the polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid, or EFA, linolenic acid. More importantly perhaps, it is an excellent plant source of omega-3 EFAs, which promote healthy brain and nervous system function, improve skin and hair, treat eczema and prevent arthritis. In fact omega-3s make-up 50 to 57 percent of the total content of chia seeds!
Added to this chai seeds decrease post meal blood sugar levels, as they form a gel inside the stomach during digestion that slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. This allows your body to feel satiated for longer periods of time, gives it more constant energy, and eliminates blood sugar spikes. Chai seeds also have hydrophilic properties that make them an effective fluid and electrolyte stabilizer as they are able to absorb 12 times their weight in water, thus maintaining more nutrients and regulating bodily fluids.