Chia as a food source can be traced back to the Mayans and Aztecs around 3500BC. They recognised its value in giving them energy and the messengers who travelled on foot allegedly carried a bag of chia to keep their energy levels up while running. If you've read the fantastic book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall you'll know the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico - legendary long distance runners - also use chia to fuel their running.
Dr Joanna decided to put it to the test and, fuelled by chia, ran through the chia farming area of the staggeringly beautiful Kimberly region of Western Australia.
Thanks to the Chia Co. for hosting Dr Joanna and her cameraman/producer, and for their assistance with the production of this video.
Read more about the nutritional benefits of chia.