In the remote Copper Canyons of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the isolated tribe of Tarahumara Indians is known for a remarkable feat.
They run hundreds of miles... without injury and without rest.
Their legendary endurance puts gold medal Olympic marathon runners to shame. The Tarahumara not only run long distances, they also routinely scale mountains in mere hours, just for the fun of it. They sprint on foot to catch animals for their dinner... and consider it a playful diversion. The Tarahumara are believed to be among the healthiest human beings on earth.
What is the secret to their superhuman endurance? Many believe it's because a long-forgotten super-food, so potent, so packed with nutrition, that one or two mouthfuls will fuel a Tarahumara runner for an entire day.
This obscure plant food was once a staple crop of one of the greatest civilizations mankind has ever known. But when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Americas, it faded into obscurity, and languished, forgotten, for hundreds of years.
That crop was chia, and it fueled the mighty Aztec empire for centuries.
When Columbus landed on the American continent, the Aztec empire boasted a population of about 11 million people. Centuries of chia cultivation had enabled the empire to grow and encompass an ever-expanding territory in what is now Mexico. The Aztec culture was vigorous and sophisticated with a complex social order, splendid feats of architecture, a rich arts tradition, a strong military, and robust commerce.
And it was chia that helped to build this great civilization.
Survival Rations For A Mighty Military!
Not only was it a staple crop (eaten whole, ground into flour, and made into drinks), but it was also an essential survival ration for a mighty military. It was used medicinally for numerous ailments. Its oil was used as an ointment, and as a component in perfumes. It was used as a protective coating on Aztec paintings. Chia was even a part of Aztec religious ceremonies; it was offered to the gods, and Aztecs even tithed a portion of their chia.
But when the Spanish conquistadors saw how important chia was to the Aztecs, they systematically worked to abolish it... and some say once they did, the Aztec empire crumbled.
When the Spanish (who were Catholic) observed the Aztecs using chia dough to make images of their gods and eating the dough as part of religious ceremonies, they were horrified. It was too much like the Catholic practice of Holy Communion. They immediately put a stop to Aztec religious practices.
But that wasn't the only reason the conquistadors wanted chia gone.
Chia Was The "Secret Weapon" That Made The Aztecs Such A Formidable Foe.
The Aztecs took chia with them wherever they went. When they conquered an enemy, chia was among the first loads of supplies brought in to their newly acquired territory. Chia was considered an essential food for military training. It was fed to runners and messengers for their long distance travels, and warriors would fuel up with it before battles and marches. They carried bags with dried chia seeds and ate regular mouthfuls throughout the day. Researchers believe it enabled them to cover great distances swiftly and to fight their enemies with astounding ferocity.
No wonder the Spanish forced the Aztecs to replace chia production with foreign crops like wheat, barley, and rice.
But chia--its scientific name is Salvica hispanica--managed to survive. Because it grows wild, high in the mountains and in wilderness areas that are hard to get to, the conquistadors couldn't eradicate it all.
As the 20th century came to a close, the remote tribe of Tarahumara Indians began to brush up against modern civilization... and once again word began to leak out about chia's astounding powers.
Soon, runners and athletes, hearing of chia's legendary powers, began seeking chia. Now, athletes all over the world swear by it and won't go a day without it.
Here's Why Aztec Warriors Could Go All Day On A Handful Of Chia... And Why Tarahumara Runners Do Still Use It Today!
For superior stamina and endurance, you need several things. First, you need protein, to build and repair muscle and tissue. You also need healthy fats--fats that support your brain and nervous system, your heart, and that help you weather external stressors. You also need bioavailable vitamins and minerals. And you need a "fuel delivery system" that ensures your energy remains even and your blood sugar doesn't spike.
Chia is the total package. No other food delivers nutrients the way chia does.
The "Superfat" That Makes Chia A
In the Aztec Nahuatl language, chia means "oily." The Aztecs may not have understood sophisticated nutrition science, but they knew a good thing when they saw it. Chia has been prized for millennia for its unusual oil. And no wonder--it's rich in healthy omega-3 fats.
For years a crazed and misguided medical establishment, along with the media, has demonized fat. We've been told again and again how bad fat is for us, and how we should strive to eat a low-fat diet.
That turned out to be the worst advice ever!
We need fat in our diet, especially the omega-3 fats in chia. Omega-3 fats provide a high energy reserve, giving you endurance and stamina, and some say they help you weather external stressors like cold temperatures. Studies show they're important building blocks for hormones, and they even support the nervous system. I don't think we get nearly enough of these healthy fats today... and our bodies are paying the price.
It may surprise you to learn that the people of pre-Columbian cultures were far healthier than their 21st century counterparts. Their physical prowess was astonishing. They were well muscled and much leaner than we are today. They also consumed many more calories a day than we do. If an animal didn't eat them, their enemy didn't kill them, or they weren't exposed to a European disease, they lived a long, healthy life with almost none of the chronic lifestyle diseases that we suffer from today.
Could it be the potent omega-3 fats in their diet?
Many nutritionists say the answer is yes.
Omega-3 fats are crucial for optimum health. Today, unlike our ancestors, we don't get nearly enough of them. According to a 2009 study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, omega-3 deficiency is a huge health problem. The word "problem," however, is an understatement.
Omega-3 Deficiency Is The Sixth Largest Killer Of Americans.
Why? Because we don't eat the way our ancestors did. We do get lots of omega fats, but most of them are omega-6 fats. Omega-6 fats are found in the grains and vegetable oils that are so prevalent in our diet today. And because we feed grains to our livestock instead of letting them graze on grass the way God intended, our meat now provides us with even more omega-6 fats instead of the omega-3 fats in the animals our ancestors consumed. Yes, we need omega-6's... to a point. But too many are harmful... and that's precisely why some scientists believe we have such an epidemic today of chronic lifestyle diseases.
You see, for optimum health, you need to get your omega fats in the proper ratios. The proper ratio is about 2:1, omega-6 to omega-3. Today, we've skewed that ratio to 20:1. We're getting ten times more omega-6 fats than is good for us... and not nearly enough omega-3 fats.
And that's why Aztec Black Chia is such a valuable superfood for your daily diet. According to my research, it's the richest non-marine source of omega-3 fats found on the planet. It's an even better source than the widely-touted flaxseed.
Throw Away Your Flaxseed!
For the past few years, flaxseed has been the darling of nutrition-conscious people everywhere. It's because it contains omega-3 fats in the form of alpha linolenic acid, or ALA.
But here's the catch. Flaxseed has to be ground to release its nutritional properties... but once it's ground, it goes rancid very rapidly. Even when it's not ground, it must be refrigerated to keep it from spoiling. It doesn't store well for long periods of time.
Chia is just the opposite. You can grind it if you want--in fact, the Aztecs ground it into flour--but you don't have to in order to access the nutrients. Chia seed keeps on the shelf for up to two years. And you don't need to refrigerate it. That's because it's packed with healthy natural antioxidants that act like natural preservatives, preventing the chia from going rancid or spoiling. (An important point if one is going to store Chia)
Just like the omega-3s in flaxseed, the omega-3s in chia are in the form of alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Chia has more ALA than any other seed I've found, including flax. That's good to know, because most Americans don't get nearly enough ALA or omega-3's.
Both the World Health Organization and the US Department of Agriculture recommend people eat at least 1200 mg of ALA omega-3 every single day. One of the easiest ways to get that is Aztec Black Chia... it has over 2000 mg of ALA omega-3 per tablespoon! (If you want to correct your omega-6 to omega-3 imbalance, be sure to eat two tablespoons every day.) Chia is very easy to include in your daily diet, as you'll see in a moment.
Chia's High Fiber "Fuel Regulator"
Chia is also high in fiber. A mere two tablespoons gives you about 7 grams of fiber, about a fourth of the recommended daily fiber intake. So what's the big deal? After all, many foods are high in fiber. But the fiber in chia has unique properties that make it, in my opinion, the perfect endurance food.
Because of the fiber content, chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in water. Mix a tablespoon of chia into a half to three quarters of a cup of water... wait 30 minutes... and take a look. What was once liquid is now a gel. And that's the secret to the steady energy that chia helps deliver.
I use this mixture myself every day. Some say, the gel seems to act as a regulator, helping to control the absorption of sugars and carbs into the bloodstream. (I'm not sure of the mechanism taking place here.) So, instead of being absorbed all at once... instead of wreaking havoc with my insulin levels and causing blood sugar spikes... the sugars and carbs are slowly and steadily made available for energy. In the end, my energy remains steady -- making me less prone to spikes or crashes.
Nutritious Beyond Belief!
Our Chia, Aztec Black, is truly a wonder seed. You can use it so many different ways. You can eat it just like the Aztecs did while they were on the march--by the mouthful. If that doesn't appeal to you, you can sprinkle them in all kinds of foods, or even grind it into flour.
But one of the best ways to use chia--especially if you're calorie conscious--is to make chia gel. You simply mix up the seeds with a little water, wait a few minutes, and voila--you have the gel. The rule of thumb is to use 9 parts of water to 1 part chia. You can make up a batch ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator, using it as needed. Tightly covered, it will keep for a week or two.
Chia gel can also be added to all kinds of foods without compromising the flavor. It helps extend the food, displacing calories. The gel's smooth texture makes it virtually unnoticeable... and it doesn't compromise the flavor of the food one bit. (I use it in my oatmeal.) You'll add volume to the food, but not calories. Stir it into sauces, stews, even gravies or batters.
Packed With Protein, Vitamins, And Minerals
Aztec Black Chia is a nutrient dense whole food. It's not processed, refined, genetically modified or manipulated in any way. Aztec Black Chia that is grown today is the same chia the Aztecs ate.
Unlike most plant foods, chia contains all the essential amino acids that make up a complete protein... and just two tablespoons of Aztec Black Chia deliver about four grams of protein. Here's what else makes Aztec Black Chia such a nutritional powerhouse:
The Single Most Versatile, Convenient Super-Food On Earth
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Throw Away Your Energy Drinks!
Need an energy boost? Forget those energy drinks from the convenience store. Try making iskiate instead. Just a few mouthfuls of this powerhouse--also known as chia fresca, by the way--keeps me going for hours. It's a favorite energy drink among the famous Tarahumara runners. They swear by it for fueling their 50 to 100 mile runs. Mix together a few spoonfuls of chia gel, a little water, a little lime juice, and a little honey. This fruity-tasting drink is nothing short of amazing and sustains me for hours.
Use Chia As A Survival Food -- Just Like The Aztecs
Chia was used by Aztec warriors who marched for days at a time from one end of their empire to the other. Chia was their basic survival ration. And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Just a few tablespoons can fuel you for literally hours, if not a whole day. It's easy to carry, and you can take it straight, mix it with liquids, mix it into other foods, or even pound into a flour.
Chia is remarkably "shelf stable" and requires no refrigeration for at least 9 months. That makes it ideal to include in your emergency food stash. Store it carefully away from temperature extremes, and it will easily last a couple years.
Aztec Black Chia is a compact little package of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fat that sustain me for hours. In a crisis, you need fuel that will keep you energized and thinking clearly... and Aztec Black Chia fits the bill. It's also great to bring along when you're hiking, camping, and canoeing. And Aztec Black Chia can help you survive at the office too. If you have to put in long hours, it can help keep you focused and energized.
If It's Not Grown Like The Aztecs Grew It, It's Not Authentic Chia
Chia is catching on the world over. But beware! All chia is not alike. For chia to produce the highest possible amount of omega-3 fats, it must be grown at high altitudes. Commercially, most chia is grown in Australia--in a river valley at sea level. This is very different from the way the Aztecs grew it.
Aztec Black Chia honors its Aztec heritage. It's grown in rich volcanic soil on mountainsides that are fed by mineral-rich mountain aquifers. Our chia fields are traditional small farm plots, not giant agribusiness endeavors, and they're located high in the fertile mountains of the old Aztec empire in Mexico.
Authentic Aztec chia, grown in its native environment, has evolved over millennia to repel the local insects naturally. That's why we never have to use harsh chemical pesticides or toxic insecticides to grow Aztec Black Chia. Our chia is grown by small farmers who have far more time and attention to lavish on their crops than the industrial growers do. Aztec Black Chia is grown using sustainable, authentic heritage farming techniques... even grown without manmade irrigation systems! And as we mentioned earlier, the high growing altitude--5600 feet and above--produces chia seed with an extremely high ALA omega-3 fat content. Laboratory analysis shows that Aztec Black Chia has one of the highest levels of ALA omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seed.
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