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Cut Yourself Some Flax!

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Tiny seeds, big nutrition.

Nature has an interesting way of providing everything we, as humans, need to sustain ourselves. Or, I suppose, it may seem that way since we’re the only sapient life on this planet, I guess. Waxing poetic aside, you’d be surprised where you can get some quality nutrition from. For example, have you ever put that much stock in flaxseed? Wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t, they’re just plain old seeds. But these plain old seeds are hiding some impressive benefits.

A long time ago, flaxseeds were primarily used in the creation of certain textiles. It may seem a bit weird to be eating the stuff you make fabric out of, but as it turns out, just 100 grams of these little dudes are packed with over 500 calories! Talk about nutrient density. They’re not just calories, though; flaxseed is loaded with fiber and essential amino acids. Those healthy fats, in particular, make them an excellent asset in the battle against heart disease.

Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, a mouthful for sure, but invaluable. This particular flavor of fatty acid has been proven in lab settings to soothe inflammation in the arteries, keeping blood and nutrients flowing cleanly to and from your heart while preventing things like strokes and heart attacks. Speaking of your blood, flaxseed is also high in potassium, a natural reducer of high blood pressure that lessens the tension in your blood vessels.

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If you’ve been having some bathroom troubles, flaxseed is chock full of soluble dietary fiber to ensure that your business is conducted much more smoothly. When combined with a steady supply of water, flaxseed makes a fantastic natural remedy for those who suffer from constipation or irritable bowel syndrome.

So if you’re looking for food that emphasizes having a lot in a little, look no further than flaxseed!

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