Chia seed is the highest plant based source of omega 3, fibre and protein, loaded with vitamins, minerals and also antioxidants. As one of the most nutrient dense foods available, chia should be eaten every day as part of a balanced diet.

What are the Health Benefits?

It is natural

<span class="light">It</span> is natural

Chia is anti-allergenic, meaning that most people (even those sensitive to other foods) have no problem consuming it. Also chia doesn't disrupt human hormone levels, like other so-called "superfoods". Unlike cereal grains such as wheat, spelt, rye and barley, chia contains no gluten! This makes it ideal for people who have celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

It targets weight loss

<span class="light">It</span> targets weight loss

Chia seed is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs moisture. When a chia seed gets wet, its outer layer begins to swell into a slightly gelatinous covering. It is this quality (plus the fact that 38% of the seed is fibre) that allows chia to creat a feeling of fullness (which, in turn helps promote weight loss), while also controlling food cravings, balancing blood sugar levels and soothing the digestive system. Chia's high omega-3 fatty acid levels have also been found to help the body lose weight and keep it off.

It is good for your heart

<span class="light">It</span> is good for your heart

Chia is full of micronutrients - vitamins and minerals which help keep the body well-nourished and energetic, so that it runs at peak efficiency. Chia is famous for its phytonutrients, plant chemicals that contain protective, disease preventing compounds. Their role is to protect the plant from disease, injuries, insects, drought, excessive heat, ultraviolet rays, and poisons or pollutants in the air or soil. What they do for plants they can do for us - they help prevent disease and help guard against a range of health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

It is protein power

<span class="light">It</span> is protein power

Chia is loaded with protein. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. The human body uses protein to build and repair enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, catilage, skin, and blood. Our bodies need relatively large amounts of protein and must draw on it from our diet, since protein isn't stored in the body.

Chia Consumption

One of the most common ways to benefit from chia is simply by eating it:

  • sprinkled onto salads and finished dishes
  • mixed into drinks and smoothies
  • stirred into yogurt and oatmeal
  • swirled into soups

You can eat chia whole (the body utilises the whole seed perfectly), milled or ground or even soaked into a gel.

Nutritionists recommend eating 1 tablespoon of chia per day for adults and 1 teaspoon a day per child.

Chia Tea

Our specialty chia tea, made from the chia seed, is available to taste at the House of Chia/Tea House. Chia tea is used as an energising drink. It is one of 700 species of the salvias-sage family. It can be used as a herbal tea for anti-inflammatory issues and to reduce hot flushes. Chia tea is an antioxidant as well. It can be used as a mouth wash - gargled for gum and mouth ulcers.

The tea has a drying effect. It can help reduce exesscive sweating and is popular as a method for relieving night sweats. One heaped tea spoon into a pot of hot water produces enough for several cups. It is possible to re-use the same pot of tea. When the leftover tea has cooled, add ginger, mint or even lime to produce a different texture in the tea.

When drinking the chia tea hot with a meal, it will enhance the flavour of the meal without leaving a strong after taste. Drunk hot or cold chia tea is a refreshing beverage.