The Chia seed for its high nutritional value is conferred a great potential to improve human nutrition.
Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) is an herbaceous plant growing in tropical or subtropical environments, sensitive to heavy soil and requiring a good weed control. The Chia plant was cultivated by the Aztecs and, with corn and beans, considered among the most important foods during colonial time.
Regarding its nutritional and medicinal properties, the importance of Chia seeds is based on its contents of protein, minerals (phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper), vitamins (B1, B2 Y B3), antioxidants, essential fat acids (omega 3 and omega 6) and food fiber. Being gluten-free, it is suitable for celiac.
Some research publications indicate that Chia seeds are very beneficial for the (digestive) metabolism due to its high contents in fat acids (omega 3 and 6).