Used for thousands of years by numerous cultures, chia seeds are an ancient and amazing food. With a wealth of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, they can ease digestion, aid in weight loss, and help control cholesterol. In South America endurance runners have long used chia seeds placed in a bottle of water to increase stamina and stay hydrated. Chia is the Mayan word for 'strength' and throughout its long history it has been cultivated by Native Americans, Mayans, Incans, and Aztecs. This little seed really lives up to its name!