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Flaxseeds, also called linseeds, are oval and flat shaped seeds that are slightly larger than sesame seeds. They are one of the oldest crops and have a crisp, chewy texture with a nutty flavor.

Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and and copper. In addition, they are a good source of protein and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. Flaxseeds are an exceptional source of fiber-related polyphenols called lignans, fiber-like compounds that provide antioxidant protection and an unusual source of mucilaginous gum, a water-soluble, gel-forming fiber.

Athletes can benefit from including flaxseed in the following ways:

  • Heart Health
  • Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Digestive Well-Being
  • More Consistent Blood Sugar Levels
  • Weight Management
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