Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant "Salvia hispanica", that belongs to the mint family and is popularly grown in Mexico. "Chia" means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster.
It was largely unknown until researcher Wayne Coates began studying chia as an alternative crop for farmers in northern Argentina about 29 years ago. His research found anecdotal evidence of chia's positive health effects like boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, digestive aid and lowering cholesterol. Today, it is considered as a super food.