Chia (Salvia hispanica)
$0.25 - $5.60
Chia, which originally grew in Mexico and Central America, has been valued as a staple nutrient for hundreds of years; in Mexico, it once acted as currency. With available water, natives could survive on the nutrients of a small amount of chia seeds for an entire day or many days if necessary. Several universities have researched the health benefits of chia and found that a tablespoon of seed could sustain a person for 24 hours even under extreme exertion. The seeds provide essential nutrients and have many medical benefits, as well as being an excellent source of fiber, protein, calcium, and digestive enzymes. Chia seeds also contain one of the highest known sources of Essential Fatty Acids, the highest source of energy in nutrition that regulate many life processes in the body. Not to be outdone, chia leaves contain powerful antioxidants that improve overall health as well as increasing energy. Fresh or dried, the leaves make a therapeutic tea that banishes lethargy and purifies the body.