Colic prevention: Chia seeds are often touted to prevent sand colic. Ulcer prevention and cure: The mucilage and quercetin content of chia seeds helps protect and heal the mucosal lining throughout the stomach. May aid chronic inflammation from osteoarthritis, laminitis, and metabolic syndrome.
These tiny seeds are high in protein and contain all nine essential amino acids for a complete protein. Chia has 19-23% protein content, which is more protein than traditional grains such as wheat (13.7%), rice (6.5%), corn (9.4%), barley (12.5%) and oats (16.9%) and it’s also rich in valuable amino acids, antioxidants, and flavonoids.
Chia seeds are the highest naturally occurring source of Omega-3 fatty acids, with a 3:1 ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.
Chia’s oil is 63% Omega-3, greater than flaxseed oil (58%), and menhaden fish oil (29%).
Chia seeds are a rich source of Vitamin B, with a higher niacin content than corn, rice, and even soy.
Chia seeds are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper.