Organic Black Chia Seed
is a vitality tonic that lubricates dryness. Chia is the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids next to flax seeds. Southwest American Indians ate chia seed for sustenance during endurance contests. Gray-black chia is nutritionally superior to gold chia.
Soaking the seeds in water causes them to swell as they make their own gel and become as much as 9 times the volume of the original dry seed. This gel helps to hydrate the body and lubricate the digestive tract, relieving constipation, reduces nervousness, treats insomnia and improves mental focus.
Because of Chia's inordinate stickiness it can be sprouted in a special earthenware container for sprouting. It will also sprout in a jar. Sprinkle your chia seeds on the earthenware and spritz with water several times a day. Alternatively use a clear glass jar with a vented sprouting lid and a medium like cheesecloth to help the seeds stay moist. In a few days you will have chia sprouts!
Chia reduces vata and kapha and may be used moderately by pitta.
Whole seed Chia has a shelf life well beyond 5 years and it does not require refrigeration. It may be ground and used as flour or in smoothies. Once ground, it should be refrigerated, has a shelf life of 2 years in the refrigerator and we recommend only grinding what you are going to use in order to get the most nutrition out of your Chia seed.
Each 15 grams (1/2 oz) serving of Chia generally contains:
- Omega 3 fatty acids equal to 250 grams (9 oz) of salmon
- Antioxidants equal to 15 grams of blueberries
- Fiber equal to 17 grams of bran
- Protein equal to 44 grams of kidney beans
- Calcium equal to 3 oz whole milk
- Magnesium equal to 73 grams of spinach
- Iron equal to 103 grams of spinach
Remember, greens are high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is high in oxygen. Disease cannot live in the presence of oxygen.
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