Sourcing Premium Chia
The best chia in the world - with the greatest nutrient density and omega 3 quality - comes from carefully-managed, high-altitude farms with excellent soil quality. Like cold-water fish rich in omega 3s, chia also increases its omega 3 production in cold climates.That's why our organically-grown chia comes exclusively from two farms in Ecuador and Argentina with some of the longest track records in chia experimentation and science. Each farm continues to demonstrate real care and skill for producing a superior chia seed. These farms also boast exceptional soil quality, along with the ideal altitude and climate to ensure a robust, nutritious chia seed.
Efficient or even minimal water use is particularly important for sustainability. Our Argentine partner uses absolutely no irrigation, relying exclusively on the natural rainfall patterns that have made their region ideal for chia growing for ages.
Unlike cacao or quinoa, chia requires a larger, single-farm operation with significant capital investment. Though our partners are not indigenous people working family land, they demonstrate exceptional care for the land, their chia, and their seasonal workers. We pay top dollar for this premium nutritional, sustainable product, ensuring that growing conditions and soil quality are carefully maintained and monitored in order to bring you the finest chia seeds on Earth.
Many chia sellers are scrambling to meet rising demand with with little care for the nutritional quality of the final product. Their substandard production and harvesting techniques lead to a nutritionally inferior product that lacks the nutrient density of optimal chia.
Our chia seeds are grown without pesticides in Ecuador and Argentina, and harvested at the peak of ripeness (when the seeds are highest in omegas and antioxidants).
Chia seeds are very hydrophilic — they readily absorb water, as you can see when you add them to drinks and they swell up to form a 'gel.' Because of this, it is very important to consume only organic chia seeds, since non-organic chia is frequently sprayed with pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers, which soak into the seed and cannot be washed off.
Chia Gel: Blood Sugar & Weight Loss
Studies also show that eating chia seed slows down our body's conversion of carbohydrate into simple sugars. When you soak chia in water (or consume it in your smoothie) the seeds swell and form a clear gel (caused by chia's high soluble fiber content). This gel creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, this also helps to create a slow-burn or timed-release of carbohydrate for sustainable energy, diminishing the highs and lows we can feel after consuming sugars or simple carbohydrates. This makes Chia perfect for helping to control weight: mixed with orange or other fruit juice, the gel-like seeds make a nutritious breakfast that leaves one feeling full and without hunger until noon.