Chia oil has shown to have high portions of unsaturated fatty acids i


Chia oil has shown to have high portions of unsaturated fatty acids i.e. 50-57% linolenic acids and 17-26% linoleic and. The percent of oil present as well as the quantity of oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid is dependent on the environment and geographical area of cultivation. The seeds accounted for approximately 0.5 g/kg of squalene, 7 g/kg of total phytosterol and 17 g/kg of ?-sitosterol which accounts for 74% of the complete unsaponified fraction existing in the seed also it is an essential source of ?-linolenic acid which dominates almost 62% of the complete fatty acids in oil and phytosterols making it the plant source containing the highest known percent of ?-linolenic acid. ALA is the precursor for PUFAs which is an essential fatty acid which the human body cannot produce on its own. PUFAs