OUR REMARKABLE NUTRITIONAL PROFILE
Chia is the highest plant based source of Omega-3, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. The protein contained in our seeds is a complete protein, containing all eight amino acids. This is incredibly rare for a purely vegetarian protein source.
Whilst there are two colour varieties, the black and white seeds are identical, nutritionally, it’s just the colour of the seed coat that’s different.
The black variety contain a natural combination of both black and white seeds, while the white variety are pulled from this mixture.
We call our Chia seeds Nature’s Complete Superfood because of its naturally high levels of vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy diet.
Our Chia seeds contain:
37% Dietary Fibre
20% Omega 3 ALA
Our Chia seeds are a gluten-free wholegrain, too.
The health benefits of eating whole grains like Chia are wellknown. To be considered a wholegrain, all the components of the grain must be present in the product: the bran, germ and endosperm. (Many of the most important nutrients are located in the outer bran layer).
Research has even uncovered a link between consuming whole foods and a reduced risk of bowel cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Yes, you can eat Chia to your heart’s content. Eat them as they’re grown. Chia seeds are the only wholegrain that you can eat exactly as they grow on the plant, without the need for milling, removing the husk, processing or cooking.
There are two types of dietary fibre and each plays a vital role in our health. ‘Soluble’ fibre, of which Chia contains 20%, dissolves in water, swelling to form a gel-like substance. This form of fibre has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. ‘Insoluble’ fibre, which makes up the remaining 80% of Chia’s fibre content does not dissolve in water and actually remains close to its original form throughout its path in the digestive system, providing roughage to keep you regular, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Chia contains a type of Omega-3 fatty acid known as ALA. This kind of Omega-3 is particularly important to the heart by helping lower cholesterol and helping to maintain proper artery function, thereby helping reduce cardiovascular disease.
The Heart Foundation recommends that you consume plant based Omega-3 ALA every day and Omega-3 EPA DHA, found in fish, twice a week. The type of Omega-3 ALA found in Chia is recommended for consumption daily to maintain your heart and overall health. Omega-3 ALA can be partially converted to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which studies have shown can be beneficial for brain function, mood disorders and cardiovascular health. How much you convert depends on many factors like your diet and fitness levels which is why it is recommended that you eat both plant based and some marine based Omega-3.
Our Chia seeds also contain Omega 6 LA, which does a great job giving you healthier skin. Some of the Omega-6 in Chia will be converted to Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Arachidonic Acid (AA), which, according to research can be beneficial for anti-inflammation, joint mobility and heart function.
Protein is a potent force in all living cells. For us humans, our nails and hair are mostly protein (though don’t go eating them). Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. It’s also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. As you can see, the body needs rather large amounts of protein and needs to obtain it from diet alone as it’s not stored in the body.
Amino acids, on the other hand, are the actual building blocks of protein. Our Chia seeds contain all eight essential amino acids found in proteins. And while some of those can be made by the body, others must be found in diet, which is why Chia is so important. Amino acids are used to synthesize body proteins and are used as a source of dietary energy.
The antioxidants found in our Chia seeds essentially combat oxidization, which is a naturally occurring process in our bodies caused by sun exposure or pollution. Antioxidants neutralize this process and are found in abundance in our Chia seeds. It’s widely accepted that antioxidants are vital in the maintenance of healthy cells. Studies show that a diet rich in antioxidants can slow the aging process in the body as well as the brain, while also reducing the effects of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and muscle degeneration. Antioxidant levels are measured by their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, or ORAC score. Chia seeds have an ORAC value of 10,000 vitamin E equivalents.
Our Chia seeds contain a whole lot of other goodness that’s essential for your health and wellbeing.
We all know how good calcium is for bones and teeth. But did you know it’s also essential for neuromuscular and cardiac function?
Iron is a component of several proteins, the most important of which is hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to tissues and organs like the heart and muscles, as well as many others.
The strength and formation of our teeth don’t just have calcium to thank. Magnesium is the vehicle that aids in our body's absorption of calcium. It also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart by stabilizing its rhythm and helping prevent abnormal blood clotting.
One of the main components of bone structure is phosphate, which is supplied to the body by phosphorus. Phosphorus helps your body’s calcium be as effective as possible while also maintaining the health of the kidneys and regulating your fluid level.
Blood pressure regulation, maintaining the right level of water in your fat cells and muscle tissues and the proper functioning of cells are just some of the roles of this important mineral.
Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Happily for those who can’t tolerate gluten when it comes into contact with their small intestine (known as coeliac disease), Chia is 100% gluten-free.