Chia seeds are the edible seeds of the Salvia hispanica (Mexican Sage) plant. The word "chia" is derived from the Nahuatl word chian, meaning oily. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; the seeds yield 25–30% extractable oil, including α-linolenic acid.
- Brain Health
- A daily dose of 5 grams of chia seeds was shown to increase verbal Intelligence and Enhance problem solving ability.
Disease / Symptom Treatment
Title: Salvia Hispanica L (Chia Seeds) as Brain Superfood – How Seeds Increase Intelligence
Author(s): Peter Onneken
Institution(s): Canadian Center of Science and Education
Publication: Global Journal of Health Science
Abstract: The influence of nutrition on cognitive abilities is undisputed in academic literature. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular delivered convincing results in several studies. In recent years chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica L) are becoming increasingly popular in Europe as well. In a trial the authors divided the study participants into two groups: an intervention group and a control group. The participants of the intervention group consumed a daily dose of 5 grams chia seeds over a time period of 21 days. In total, the test group that participated in the intervention performed significantly better in the retest than the comparison group. They improved their verbal intelligence and enhanced their ability in problem solving. Insofar, the classification of Salvia Hispanica L as a superfood, respectively brain superfood, is scientifically justified.