The Development of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds, also known as Salvia Hispanica is a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family. It is widely found in Argentina, Guatemala and Mexico but originated from Southern America. This plant is commercially grown because of its nutritional content. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and an excellent source of fiber that is good for the heart and digestive tract. During the ancient times, the use of chia seed for health purposes is notable. The seed contains high amount of calories that boost energy, strength and endurance needed to stand desert conditions. The seed contains minerals and vitamins that can support the body against contrasting climates, from burning heat during the day to extreme coldness at night. Hunters like Indians chased their prey by means of a native spear and carry nothing but chia seeds as their meal. This is why the seeds are considered running food.
Salvia hispanica seeds are also considered a religious symbol because it has been used to symbolize energy and life. During the Spanish endeavours, they observed Aztec used chia to pay taxes and tribute to their leaders. Aztec also used this as an offering to their Gods and spirits. Because of this sacred belief, Spanish rulers ordered the destruction of chia fields and the confiscation of all seeds belonging to the native people. They imposed heavy penalties and severe punishments to those who will be caught keeping a single seed in their possession.
Chia was left to grow wild with the abolishment of Aztec and other South American cultures. Only the remaining native folks who are familiar in chia seed continue to harvest and eat these. It was during the early 80’s when active researches and studies began to explore the healthy benefits of various wild crops. Included in their discoveries was the crop called super food. Groups of American and South American agriculturists and scientists started to finance the commercial manufacturing of chia in Argentina. They began to develop alternative methods on how to grow these crops in order to increase its production.
The seeds were being processed to utilize its nutritional content and sold in tablet or capsule forms. Internet sites and advanced technologies allow the worldwide marketing flow of chia supplements. Nowadays, not only native Americans and nearby dwellers eat chia seeds but also nutritionists, health food providers, agriculturists, scientists and athletes consume a daily dosage of chia products.