ChiaThe Ancient Food of the Tarahumara Indians

The superhuman Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons of Mexico are unique because they’re able to run barefoot and effortlessly for 200 miles in one session. They developed this fantastic capability to hunt their prey to exhaustion. Their secret? Chia.

Gel-Forming Property

Chia seeds contain a mucilloid gell that protects the seed in the arid climate in which it grows. However it is this gel that helps to slow digestion by forming a barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes which helps to sustain a balanced blood sugar level (great for diabetics). Chia is used to make desert jello.

Born to Run

The story of the Tarahumara Indians is imortized in the book, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. In the book, McDougall writes:

If you had to pick just one desert-island food, you couldn’t do much better than chia, at least if you were interested in building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease. Aztecs used to chomp chia seeds as they went into battle, and the Hopis fueled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific Ocean.”


The book has prompted runners to see if chia actually improved endurance. Professor Wayne Coates of the University of Arizona, co-author of Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs and an ultrarunner with several trail 100-milers under his belt, suspects chiaís ability to boost endurance is due partly to itís inflammation-reducing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Chia seeds provide 8 percent of the daily requirement for iron, calcium, phosphorus and thiamin. You’ll also get 5 percent of the daily requirement for zinc and vitamin B6. Chia seeds also contain vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, folate and riboflavin.

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