Another recent study found that after eating about 40 grams of sesame seed powder per day for 28 days, semi-professional athletes had significantly reduced muscle damage and oxidative stress, as well as increased aerobic capacity ( 36 ).
Summary: Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are good sources of monounsaturated and omega-6 fats, and may help improve heart health and symptoms of urinary disorders.
One study has shown that chia seeds may be able to increase levels of EPA in the blood ( 18 ).
Hemp seeds are one of the few plants that are complete protein sources, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make.
Sesame seeds are commonly consumed in Asia, and also in Western countries as part of a paste called tahini.
A couple of studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil can improve symptoms of prostate and urinary disorders ( 41 , 42 ).
One study showed that people with knee osteoarthritis had significantly fewer inflammatory chemicals in their blood after eating about 40 grams of sesame seed powder every day for two months ( 35 ).
A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of chia seeds contains (15):
A couple of interesting studies have shown that sesamin from sesame seeds may get converted by your gut bacteria into another type of lignan called enterolactone ( 31 , 32 ).
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Over the past 10 tournaments however, the scales are tipping toward the No. 11 seeds, who are 21-19 in that period.
The first and only time that happened was in 1989, when Kansas, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Oregon State all failed to make it past the round of 64. Aside from this outlier, the No. 6 teams have a fairly successful 90-54 record against the No. 11 seeds over the past 35 years.
Speaking of Xavier, the Musketeers have been involved in the 6-vs.-11 opening round a grand total of nine times — five times as the No. 6 and four times as the No. 11. Xavier won its first game as the No. 11 seed in 2017, and has a 3-2 record as the sixth-seed. However, the game most associated with Xavier as the No. 6 seed is the double overtime thriller against No. 2 seed Kansas State in 2010 Sweet 16.
In 2018, No. 6 and No. 11 seeds split the opening weekend. Miami was upset by Loyola Chicago — which went on to a historic run to the Final Four — and TCU was bested by Syracuse. While Houston and Florida both won their opening round games in 2018 as sixth seeds, neither advanced to the tournament’s second weekend.
The 2017 NCAA Tournament, as well as the 2016 iteration, almost saw a historical mark when three No. 6 seeds fell in the opening rounds of each tournament. If it weren’t for Notre Dame handling No. 11 Michigan in 2016, and then Cincinnati beating No. 11 Kansas State in 2017, these tournaments could have marked just the second (and/or third) time in the history of the NCAA tournament that all four No. 6 seeds fell to No. 11 seeds.
Daniel Wilco has worked at the AJC, Sports Illustrated, and SEC Country. His writing has also appeared on SI.com, Men’s Health, and The Cauldron.
In 2018, three No. 6 seeds won in the first round but none made it past the second round and three of the four games between No. 6 seeds and No. 11 seeds in the 2019 NCAA Tournament were decided by four points or less.
No. 6 seeds are 1-1 in the National Championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 with the Kansas Jayhawks winning in 1988. Kansas avoided upsets from No. 11 seed Xavier, No. 14 seed Murray State and No. 7 seed Vanderbilt in the first three rounds.
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
Check out the detailed history of how No. 6 seeds have fared in the NCAA Tournament.