6 Incredible Benefits of Chia Seeds You Never Knew

by Byrdie

Chia seeds have been around long before they became famous on artisan breakfast menus everywhere. The seeds were believed to have been a staple in ancient Aztec and Mayan diets; supposedly, they’d fill up on chia seeds before heading into battle.

But how is this superfood relevant today, when you're not exactly preparing to do battle? (Unless you count the commute to work, which sometimes feels like going into war.) We tapped registered dietician Brooke Alpert and nutrition coach Dana Kofsky to give every reason—including glowy skin and weight loss—you need to start eating chia seeds.

Scroll down to see them all!

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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