Chia Seed

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COMMON NAME: CHIA

Other name: Spanish sage

BOTANICAL NAME

Salvia hispanica L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

OVERVIEW

Chia is widely known in Latin America and has been consumed as a nutritive medicinal food and beverage since the time of the ancient Aztecs. It is still popular today in its native habitat of Mexico and Guatemala, and also in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. More recently, it has become popular in the United States for its antioxidant and fiber content and as a high mucilage superfood that provides Omega 3 fatty acids. It is best eaten with cereal, added to smoothies, or made into fruity beverages.

AYURVEDIC ACTIONS

Nutritive, demulcent, emollient, antioxidant

USES AND PREPARATIONS

Dried seeds made into a pudding, gruel (less viscous porridge), a beverage such as a smoothie, added to food, or for baking