Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a herbaceous plant from the sage family originating in Mexico. It has been cultivated for its edible seeds since the pre-Columbian era. Since the late 1990s, these seeds have attracted the attention of nutritionists for their high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds provide a good source of calcium and phosphorus, as well as dietary fibre and manganese. They also have excellent antioxidant powers, thanks to their polyphenols.