Consuming chia seeds may reduce blood sugar after eating a meal (postprandial glycemia), according to a study. Salvia Hispanic is an annual herbaceous plant of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Its origin is believed to be in Central America, where the seed (historically called chian or chia) was a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. The seeds of a related plant, Salvia columbariae (also called golden chia), were used primarily by Native Americans in the southwestern United States.
The roots of another relative, Salvia miltiorrhiza (danshen), are used medicinally in China and other countries. The oval-shaped seeds of Salvia hispanica are approximately 1mm in diameter and are dark-brown to grayish-white in colour.
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