Did you know that chia seeds can serve as an antidepressant? Or that they can help protect against cancer, keep you looking and feeling younger, and help you lose weight? The chia plant is a relative of the mint plant. It makes tiny, flavorless, gluten-free seeds that are chock-full of antioxidants and fiber, and when combined with water, they can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in your favorite baked goods. In addition, the plants contain an oil that naturally repels pests, making it easy for farmers to grow the seeds organically, without the use of pesticides. If that's not enough to convince you to try them, consider that chia seeds help balance blood sugar, help prevent diseases such as diverticulitis and diverticulosis, and contain the essential fatty acid omega-3, which lowers hypertension and benefits your heart.