Monday, 21 April 2008


Flaxseeds are of the low cost, small yet significant nutritional foods all those that train with weights in the gym should use. Flax seeds are an amazing little food type that offer so much, yet many who visit the gym on a regular basis no nothing of their nutritional value.

What are flaxseeds?

Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds originate from the flax plant, this plant grows in India and the Eastern Mediterranean, among other places, and grows to around 1.2 metres in height. The Flax plant grows very small blue flowers that are no bigger than 25mm in diameter and also has a small fruit which is a dry capsule containing a small amount of flaxseeds.

What nutritional value do flaxseeds hold?

Flaxseeds have huge nutritional value for their size, they offer so much for the weight lifter and any one else who is trying to get fit.

Flaxseed contains important fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 plus important proteins and Zinc.

Flaxseed nutritional values

100 grams of Flaxseed
534 calories
42 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated)
29 grams carbohydrates (27 grams dietary fibre)
18.5 grams protein

The recommended daily amount of flaxseed you should add to your diet is around 25 grams to 30 grams. Flaxseed has a slightly nutty taste and goes great on top of bread or added to a salad.

What does this mean for me?

Flaxseed does all of the following...

  • Helps promote cell growth
  • Helps with muscle repair
  • Increases production of Proteins
  • Supports those with a lower immune function
  • Increases stamina and energy
  • Improves recovery time in muscles
  • Improves the metabolic rate
  • Supports and in some cases improves the functions of the liver

For any bodybuilder, weight lifter or power lifter this is a great reason to start adding flaxseed to your diet.