Editor’s Note: This feature is presented by our partner Let’s Go Chia.
It’s common knowledge that chia seeds are good for you, but what isn’t as commonly known is what they actually do. Well, it’s a lot. Chia seeds are a great source of plant-based protein, contain fiber to support gut health, are loaded with minerals essential to bone health, boast more antioxidants than blueberries, and include all nine essential amino acids that your body cannot produce but needs. This is especially important for vegetarians, as protein and amino acids are hard to come by when you’re not eating meat. As Christopher McDougall says in Born to Run, the 2009 bestselling nonfiction book about the Tarahumara Indian Tribe and their extreme, long distance races: “In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone.”