The book is a true story about the Tarahumara barefoot runners in Mexico, (who take off on 50-100-mile running jaunts as if they were evening strolls) and their drink of choice, the Chia Fresca, which he claims has the nutritional value a 'smoothie of wild salmon, spinach and human growth hormones.'
I don't know about the HGH but Chia Seeds do have tons of Omega 3's and 6's just like Fish Oil, and unlike Flax Seeds they don't taste like fish and don't need to be ground up. And since they are super high in Antioxidants they don't spoil and do not need to be refrigerated.
Chia Fresca for Fighters:
I just started drinking Chia Seeds with water today and am planning on making it a part of my daily diet and workout from now on. Supposedly the Chia Fresca (Chia Seeds, Water, Lemon Juice) is something that you can sip on during workouts that gives you energy and protein, even during a run.
My first experience with it today was pretty cool, I actually did feel an energy boost from it and I haven't been hungry all night after drinking it. The seeds when soaked in water become 9x bigger and form a gel in your stomach that holds onto water, keeping your hydrated, and keeps you full. It's good for weight loss if you drink it before meals since you wont' be as hungry.
I'll keep you guys updated on how the Chia Seed experiment goes but I'm really glad I found it here in Phuket.
Chia Fresca Recipe: (Super easy)
Pour 1-2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds into room temperature water.
Let it sit for 10-15 minutes - stirring occasionally
Add Ice and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
That's it. Technically, you could just pour some seeds in your water bottle, let it sit for a while and shake it up if you wanted to do it the easy way. By itself, it doesn't taste like anything, maybe a bit like watered down green tea. But that's a good thing that it's relatively flavourless, so you can drink it while working out and not get tired of it.
Where to Buy Chia Seeds in Phuket:
It was a little complicated to pick them up here in Phuket since there isn't a physical store, so I'm thinking about just getting it in bulk for myself and for my friends that want it. If you want some let me know, it'll cost 500 baht for a 300 gram bag which is enough to last a month. Just leave a comment here if you want in.
EDIT: Sorry guys, i'm no longer in Phuket. Best advice is to bring your own from home or ask someone who's coming out to bring some with them.
All the best,
Johnny - My Fight Camp