Most people know chia seeds as a popular ingredient at their favorite smoothie shop or juice bar. That’s because these little seeds are packed with nutrients like fiber, protein, the good kind of fat and calcium all in a low-calorie package.
The presence of all those nutrients is why Nutrilite researchers at our certified organic farm in El Petacal, Mexico, started studying the little seeds several years ago with laser focus.
“Our U.S.-patented, organic, non-GMO white chia took nine years to develop,” said Ana Chavez, who handles communications for Nutrilite Rancho El Petacal. “We analyzed 7,824 different varieties to develop our white chia to yield the most nutrients while using the least amount of resources.”
But chia seeds can do more than nourish your body from the inside. They can also nourish your skin from the outside. That’s why they’re used in both Nutrilite and Artistry products. Read on to learn more about this super seed.
What is white chia?
Chia is an ancient grain found in black or white. It’s native to central Mexico, so our plants feel right at home at our El Petacal farm.
The special white chia variety developed by Nutrilite researchers is resistant to pests and disease and has larger seeds that produce up to double the yield. Plus, the ideal growing environment in El Petacal allows two harvests a season.
Each chia plant is traceable
Just like all the botanicals grown on Nutrilite farms used to make ingredients for Nutrilite and Artistry products, our farm team takes great care at every step.
“No products leave our farm without going through our traceability process,” Ana said, “which tracks every single step of planting, growing and harvesting to ensure 99.9 percent purity of these superpowered white chia seeds.”
Our traceability practices mean we can trace key product ingredients right back to the seeds we used to grow the original botanical on the farm.
Nurtured from seed
At El Petacal, we plant the white chia seeds in pristine soil, nurture them with clean water pumped from 230 meters below ground and nourish the seedlings with natural fertilizers. Our teams pull weeds by hand and deter pests with sprays made from cinnamon and chili peppers—no harsh chemicals used!
Sometimes we plant seeds directly into the field, sometimes we nurture them in a nursery until they’re strong enough to be planted in the field. Once they’re in the ground, it’s about 100 days until they’re ready to harvest.
“This chia plant features beautiful, lavender-colored blooms, but what we want are the seeds that come after these blooms,” Ana said. “We harvest by hand without the seeds ever touching the ground.”
The seeds then go through a cleaning process right on the farm to ensure no contaminates made it through the harvest.
White chia seeds at work
After that, they begin their journey to becoming a key ingredient in Artistry skin care products, specifically, the Artistry Skin Nutrition™ line, which works like supplements for the skin.
Our skin care teams love these superpowered little seeds from Nutrilite because they have the highest concentration of omega-3s, which are fatty acids essential for healthy looking skin. They use it to make our white chia seed gel, which provides vital support to your skin’s microbiome for added strength, stability and balance.
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