Sinew Chia Seed: Chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength”. Chia seeds are believed to increase strength and stamina. Chia seed is a favourite of athletes, especially distance runners, who tout it as an endurance enhancing superfood. Chia is highly valued for its medicinal properties and nutritional value. Aztec warriors said 1 spoon of Chia could sustain them for 24 hours.