High-performance and endurance athletes have included chia for hundreds of years as it supports the body in so many ways: before, during, and after workouts.
It is not only an excellent source of energy to fuel the body, but because of its fiber content, it takes longer to digest, making it a great long-term energy source.
Chia is known for its ability to retain water due to the type (mucilage) and amount of fiber it has. The water is slowly released into the body, helping to maintain hydration.
Because of its high protein content (including all 9 essential amino acids!), it's great for repairing and rebuilding muscles broken down by strenuous physical activity.
The omega-3 fat found in abundance in chia is both a great source of energy and has anti-inflammatory properties so important for athletes.