3 Small Snacks That Pack Major Disease-Fighting Benefits

They help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and more.

3 Small Snacks That Pack Major Disease-Fighting Benefits

They might seem like just tiny bird food, but seeds are actually packed with nutrients that fight disease and help prevent premature aging. Here are some seeds you might consider adding to your diet for a big boost of vitamins and minerals to help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and more.

Pumpkin seeds

One ounce delivers 7g of protein;18 percent of your RDI for vitamin K, 33 percent for phosphorus, 42 percent for manganese, 37 percent for magnesium, 23 percent for iron, and 14 percent for zinc; plus 6g of omega-6s and 7g of polyunsaturated fats. They boost your nutrition and fight inflammation.

Flaxseed (pre-ground or grind at home)

Delivers the most ALA omega-3 fatty acid of any plant source in the North American diet, as well as a good dose of lignans, a phytoestrogen that's linked to a reduced risk of osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer. It also has soluble fiber, which boosts digestion, lowers lousy LDL cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar and lowers the risk of heart disease.

Hempseed (pre-ground or grind at home)

Delivers all nine essential amino acids—the building blocks of proteins. Sunflower seeds are high in healthy fats, protein, fiber and a super-source of vitamin E (almost 20mg in three ounces). Chia seeds are super-charged with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, loaded with 5g of fiber per tablespoon, and contain iron, calcium, zinc. We love seeds.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

See how electrolytes work in your body.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

Whether you're trying to stay hydrated for your workout routine or rehabilitation, recovery and hydration is so important to keeping your body performing like it should. So how do you make sure that happens? You need electrolytes — the minerals that give electrical power to your body. What the video below to see how they get to work inside your body and how you seamlessly add them to your day.

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