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Organic Chia Seeds
Chia seeds were first harvested over 3,000 years ago by the ancient Mayan, Inca and Aztec empires. Warriors used this tiny superfood during times of conquest to naturally improve stamina and endurance. Today, chia seeds are hailed for their essential nutrients, antioxidants, and neutral taste, boosting the nutritional value of your favorite recipes without altering flavor.
Long before the introduction of chia seeds into the North American diet, these tiny super-seeds were being consumed regularly by the ancient Aztec and Mayan warriors for strength and stamina. Our chia seeds are handpicked from the purple flowers of the Salvia hispanica, a crop indigenous to Southern Mexico and South America. Once the flowers have fully matured, our chia seeds are delicately threshed off the petals, yielding seeds of exquisite taste and nutritional richness. Having partnered with the regions’ best farmers, our seeds are collected when they are highest antioxidant activity, fiber, protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Viva Labs’ chia seeds are certified organic and non-GMO, and are sourced directly from farmers in compliance with fair trade practices.
Common chia is grown by thousands of farmers in varying soil quality and under limited control. Viva Labs has partnered with the regions’ best farmers who have fine-tuned their growing and harvesting techniques to yield the very best chia seeds in the region. Each batch of our invigorating organic chia seeds has been collected after close examination of our farmer’s finest crop, giving you chia seeds with unsurpassed nutritional value and hydrophilic ability.
Contrary to white chia seeds, our seeds add a unique flare and bold color to the simplest of recipes lacking creativity. Having tested various varieties of chia seeds, our seeds are selected conditional to their hydrophilic properties, resulting in superior thickening capabilities in liquids and foods. With enhanced absorptive ability, our seeds lend an incredible mouthfeel and serve as a nutritious and satiating complement to any meal. Enjoy the wholesome properties of Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds, transforming ordinary foods into hearty chia goodness.
High in dietary fiber, Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds assist with balancing blood sugar levels, promoting regularity and assisting with healthy weight management. The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) suggest that men and women should consume 38g and 25g, respectively, of fiber per day in order to meet dietary requirements. Our chia seeds provide 4g of highly digestible fiber in every spoon, helping you achieve your daily dietary allowance for this essential nutrient.
As per the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), in general adult women require 46g of protein per day and adult men require 56g. Consuming a variety of protein sources is essential for healthy development and production of cells. As a vegetarian source of protein, Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds provide 2g of vegetarian protein in just one tablespoon, contributing to satiety, maintenance of muscle mass and improved overall body composition.
Chia seeds contain one of the highest concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 recognized for its impact on maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, supporting cardiovascular health, improving joint function and much more. Each tablespoon of Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds provides 2,500mg of omega-3’s, preserved by naturally-occurring cinnamic acids that delay the effects of oxidation.
Chia seeds are one of the richest supplies of antioxidants among all seeds, shown to exhibit powerful cellular defense. This ancient superfood contains high amounts of phenolic compounds, shown to delay the signs of aging, improve the look and feel of skin and naturally increase energy levels. Enjoy one to three tablespoons of Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds per day for their dense nutritional value and versatility.
Chia seeds enrich smoothies with their highly digestible source of dietary fiber and protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Combine one to two tablespoons of Viva Labs Organic Chia Seeds with your favorite fruit, milk or milk alternative and protein powder of choice for a quick yet filling snack any time of the day. Try our delicious Chia-Colada Shake by adding one tablespoon of our chia seeds to one cup of almond milk, one tablespoon of Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, ½ cup frozen pineapple, one tablespoon of dried coconut and a dash of cinnamon for an extra kick.
Q: Is it Necessary to Grind Chia Seeds?
A: Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds do not need to be ground for absorption. For optimal benefits, allow chia seeds to swell in foods, as the gel it forms passes more easily in your digestive tract, improving the bioavailability of nutrients.
Q: How Should Chia be Stored?
A: Whole chia seeds have a shelf-life of approximately two years at room temperature and can also be stored in your refrigerator or freezer for up to four years. The natural antioxidants preserve its rich fatty acid profile and neutralize free radicals.
Q: What is the Difference Between White and Black Chia Seeds?
A: Chia seeds are available in both white and black varieties. The nutritional value of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is negligible and is merely based on personal preference of color.
Q: Will Chia Interfere with my Medication?
A: Considering chia’s rich fiber content, it is best to take chia seeds two hours before or after taking medication. However, we always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider.