All about Chia September 02, 2015 14:22
The name Chia is derived from the Aztec word, chian, meaning oily. It is an ancient grain being rediscovered in America with balanced nutritional components. These tiny seeds are highly palatable! Chia is easy to top-dress on feed with a very mild nutty flavor. Horses love it.
Chia has a proper 3:1 ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. Unlike flaxseed, chia seed has it’s own antioxidants which enable storing for long periods without becoming rancid and don’t require grinding (whole flaxseed is tough to digest). Chia provides fiber (about 2 tablespoons—20 g—gives 8.25 g of fiber) as well as important minerals, including a proper ratio of calcium to phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, zinc and boron, a catalyst for the absorption of calcium.