6 Incredible Benefits of Chia Seeds You Never Knew

Chia seeds have been around long before they became famous as part of the Chia Pet craze (ch-ch-ch-chia). 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 dietitian Brooke Alpert and nutrition coach Dana Kofsky to give every reason—including glowy skin and weight loss—you need to start eating chia seeds.

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