The source of chia oil is the seeds of the chia plant, known scientifically as Salvia Hispanica. Originating in Central and South America, the chia plant and its seeds are well known for their health benefits.
Ancient pre-Columbian cultures valued the seed of the chia plant. Their texts describe how the plant was extensively cultivated and used as currency and as payment of tributes. The word “chia” comes from the ancient Nahuatl language and it means “oily.” The state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico received its name from the words “chia river,” and it’s usually translated as “the river where chia is cultivated.” Descendants of these ancient cultures still use chia seed today as food and in the preparation of natural drinks.
Extracting Chia Seed Oil
Ethnic Latin American cultures still follow the tradition of grinding the chia seeds by hand in stone bowls. However, modern technology allows us to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for chia oil. At Nutrativa Global, we use stainless steel presses to crush the seeds. We follow a cold pressing technique, always keeping the temperature below 120 degrees to preserve the natural flavor, aroma and health properties of the chia oil.
Benefits of Chia Oil
Chia oil offers so many health benefits that it is sometimes categorized as a “superfood”. Some of these benefits are:
Protection against Cardiovascular Diseases:
Chia oil has been shown to reduce levels of cholesterol. In turn, this protects the heart and the cardiovascular system, as it prevents the hardening of veins or arteries. The hardening and blocking of arteries is the main cause of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Restores and Heals the Skin:
Studies have shown that chia oil is excellent at providing relief against dry and itchy skin conditions, such as dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and acne. It is perfect for those with sensitive skin and helps restore the balance of skin that has become too oily or too dry.
Excellent Diet Supplement:
Chia oil contains several elements that nourish and strengthen the body such as Omega-3, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, molybdenum, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Many clients purchase chia seed oil as an ingredient in the following products: