12 packet / box
WHAT IS ISKIATE? Iskiate, sometimes called Chia Fresca, is a nutritious drink made with Chia seeds. WingFoot Iskiate is a perfect blend of chia seeds with a touch of citrus and ginger to create a delicious and refreshing energy drink unlike any other.
Chia originated in central and southern Mexico and Guatemala as a member of the mint family in the 1400’s. Chia seeds were a staple food of the Aztec and Mayan societies and served as the basic survival ration of the Aztec warriors. It was said that a warrior could march all day on a handful of seeds. The chia seed was even given to Aztec rulers as an annual tribute or tax from the Aztec people.
Before the Spanish conquest, chia was used in Aztec religious ceremonies by making dough that was formed into images of their gods and eaten as part of the celebration. The chia crops were all but wiped out by the conquering Spanish army and were replaced by corn.
The Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon have harvested chia since the beginning of their culture. It is known as “the running food” and is most often consumed mixed with corn and baked into a dry cake or as a drink known as Iskiate or chia fresca.
Chia was also a staple food for the Chumash and other Pacific Coast groups. They utilized it for medicinal purposes and it was grown in large beds that they periodically burned to increase the harvest. Some of the seeds found on Santa Rosa Island, home to the Chumash, date back 600 years.
Today chia is grown commercially in Latin America and Australia and can be found growing wild in coastal sage scrub and chaparral communities.
Ginger, one of the most widely consumed medicinal herbs is the root, or rhizome, of the plant Zingiber Officinale. It has been acclaimed for its medicinal benefits since ancient times. Native to southern China, ginger was imported early on to India, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Consequently, ginger root is used worldwide in various herbal traditions. It's primarily used to prevent and relieve nausea and indigestion caused by motion sickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy, and to reduce inflammation and muscle / joint pain. In patients with autoimmune disease, ginger is commonly used to reduce arthritic symptoms, inflammation related to ulcerative colitis, and digestive disturbances.
Ginger is also reported to lower cholesterol levels, inhibit replication of herpes simplex virus, and help prevent the formation of blood clots. Ginger has a sialagogue action, stimulating the production of saliva, which makes swallowing easier. Ginger has strong antioxidant properties. In laboratory animals, the gingerols increase the motility of the GI tract and have analgesic, antipyretic, antibacterial and sedative properties. Ginger oil has been shown to prevent skin cancer in mice and a study at the University of Michigan demonstrated that gingerols can kill ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger is on the FDA’s "generally recognized as safe " list, though it does interact with some medications, including warfarin (Coumadin), due to it’s blood thinning properties. People suffering from gallstones should probably not use ginger as it promotes the production of bile.
The active ingredients in ginger root include volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds known as gingerols, sesquiterpenoids, and shogaols. Ginger oil represents 3 percent of the ginger plant, and it is the oil that causes the spicy fragrance. Recent studies show that ginger has strong antioxidant properties. In addition, ginger reduces inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandin biosynthesis, specifically cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2. These effects make ginger comparable to those of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications although ginger does not cause the side effects characteristic of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Ginger also suppresses the immune system's production of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, reducing disease severity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
The above is offered for informational use only and should in no way be a substitute for medical care. If you are experiencing symptoms you should consult a licensed medical practitioner.