PURCHASE OF CHIA SEEDS ?
Chia seeds are highly nutritious seeds that comes from a desert flowering plant known as salvia hispanica, a member of
the mint family. The plant commonly grows abundantly in southern and central Mexico, Guatemala and India. The sprout of the plant are also edible as salads, making sandwiches and other dishes,although seeds are the most sought after part of the plant being known for their numerous health benefits which includes:
The seeds are known to reduce pain and inflammation after taking them in arthritis patients. The seeds are rich in fiber thus when added to food they add bulk making it necessary for weight-watchers and also slow down the rate of complex carbohydrates digestion and assimilation hence important to people who aim on reducing their weight, they help reduce blood pressure, they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, the seeds are also rich in minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc and is also contains protein. The seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants which makes it to be used in increasing oils shelf life by preventing rancidity. The seeds can be used in making food for people who engage in heavy tasks or energy requiring job since they contain strontium that helps in assimilation of protein to produce high energy. The chia seeds also reduces cravings and helps one stay hydrated.
They can be taken as grounded powder or as a solution when mixed with water, can be eaten raw or prepared in a number of dishes (as cereal,rice,yoghurt or vegetables). The chia seeds can be bought on websites and shipped to the destination the consumer/user wants. For customers who are within the chia growing countries, they can buy the chia seeds locally from farmers and the shops. For those people far from the growing areas, where to buy chia seeds may include websites.
Some of the websites include: www.amazon.com, www.chiaseedsdirects.com, www.alibaba.com, www.naturesapproved.com, www.chosen-foods.com among others.
In the above websites, the retail price could range from $16 to $18 per pound. The chia seeds and their numerous benefits in health of individuals and the fact that they are expensive, makes them rare and a very sought after product. The producers should increase the distribution to ensure they are available to all level of markets in terms of price and amount of packages to meet needs of all level of consumers (the rich and the poor).