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Chia Seeds for Runners: Power Your Run with This Ancient Superfood

10/17/2012 - 14:45

chia-seeds.jpgWe know. It's impossible to say the word chia without stutter-singing the Chia Pet jingle and envisioning a terra cotta pig, porcupine, or Homer Simpson head sprouting tiny green leaves. It's equally as impossible to imagine anything that fraternizes with The Clapper, the Ove-Glove, and the Incredible Pasta Pot once powered mighty Aztec warriors and was considered more valuable than gold.

Yet after five hundred years of relative obscurity, chia seeds are making a popular resurgence due to their wide-ranging health benefits, from weight loss to gastrointestinal health to mental wellness to, yes, sustained endurance for athletes. The nutritional and medicinal properties of chia seeds have made cameo appearances in mainstream media such as CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the Dr. Oz Show, as well as magazines like Trail Runner and Running Times. Chia seeds have even made their way onto the NFL gridiron; Baltimore Ravens' star linebacker Ray Lewis tosses a handful in his shake every morning. But the superfood really skyrocketed to fame with its starring role in the best-selling book, Born To Run, which describes chia seeds as the indigenous (and seemingly magic) dietary staple of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe of super-runners in the savage Copper Canyons of Mexico, who can chalk of hundreds of miles with Scott Jurek speed, virtually no rest, and shoes that would lose a fistfight against a paper plate and some twice-used dental floss.

Learn how to to add this superfood to your diet!

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