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A Food Ancient Mayans called "Strength"

Most of us know of chia from three decades of TV commercials about, “The pottery that grows!” However, this humble little seed from Mexico and Guatemala has much more amazing potential for us to discover — so much that, it now looks like 2013 will undoubtedly become known as the year we “rediscovered” chia. (Well, if you count the original Chia Pet®, then it’s the year we “re-rediscovered” chia.)chia2

Chia’s fascinating story began thousands of years ago, when chia seeds were a daily staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. In fact, the word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seeds to boost energy and increase stamina. Recently, this tiny seed became a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood. Today, we are finding out there is so much more to chia’s story.

Chia also provides your body with vitamins A, B, E and D, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulphur, thiamine and zinc. Chia seeds are also an amazing source of protein, and they help to modulate blood sugar, which is great news for diabetics.

Plus, if you're looking to boost your nutritional intake, look no further than the chia seed. Per gram, chia seeds contain:

8 times more omega-3 than salmon

6 times more calcium than milk

3 times more iron than spinach

15 times more magnesium than broccoli

2 times more fiber than bran flakes

6 times more protein than kidney beans

4 times more phosphorous than whole milk

Because chia seeds are so versatile, different types of chia seed products are now popping up everywhere — chia snacks, chia bars, chia drinks. Along with the ready-made products, chia is readily available in its raw form, which can be used in many ways. It can be made into pudding, or used as an egg substitute for the vegan crowd. Or, you can sprinkle it into your yogurt, oatmeal or smoothie. Some people simply add it to their water.

For those of you currently using flax seed in your diet, you may want to consider switching to chia. With flax seed, you have to grind it, then use it before it can go rancid. Chia is much easier to use (doesn’t need grinding, has a much longer shelf life), and its benefits are superior to flax seed.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the new Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet® this year is Chia Hello Kitty.


This entry was posted in News by Dr. Don Colbert.

Don Colbert, MDDon Colbert, M.D. has been board certified in Family Practice for over 25 years and practices Anti aging and Integrative medicine. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of books such as The Bible Cure Series, What Would Jesus Eat, Deadly Emotions, What You Don't Know May be Killing You, and many more with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 50,000 patients. He is also a internationally known expert and prolific speaker on Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Colbert is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been featured on Dr. Oz, The O'Reilly Factor, ABC World News, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine and many prominent Christian TV programs. He is also the TV host of his newly syndicated TV program "Dr Colbert’s Health Report." Dr. Colbert formulated Divine Health to meet the public's demand for higher quality supplementation. Dr. Colbert believes in treating the whole person; the mind, the body and the spirit.

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3 Responses to A Food Ancient Mayans called "Strength"

  • Virginia Bayonne on June 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm said:

    Dr. Colbert,

    Are you selling Chia suplements in your online store? If not, where will you advise your clients to purchase from?


  • Jolene Belchak on June 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm said:

    what is the recommended amount of chia seeds per day?

  • Val Forge on June 7, 2013 at 4:12 am said:

    I'm going to go to my health food store an pick up some chia. Thank you for this wonderful news