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