Teen scientist finds cancer-killing molecules in chia seeds

Well, this is interesting. I'm not one to automatically pooh-pooh traditional knowledge and cures, but I sure like to see them validated scientifically. Good on this kid for not only testing the hypothesis but for also having the courage to go where the science took him. 

“I found that my mom was right and that chia seeds have not only some amazing nutritional value, but there was a special type of molecule in chia seeds that can be extracted and tested to treat cancer,” Cloutier said.

He found that certain extracts taken from chia seeds seem to possess some cancer-fighting characteristics — first, that they inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and second, that they promote cancer-cell death, particularly in a form of chemo-resistant colon cancer cells called HCT116.