Flax Seed Facts

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Flax seeds, also known as flax or linseed, come from the flax plant. For centuries, flax has been used to make paper, medications, fabric and dyes. Flax seed is also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

scoop of flax seeds
scoop of flax seeds (Image: MamaMiaPL/iStock/Getty Images)

Origins

Flax seed is believed to have originated in the Fertile Crescent, between India and the Mediterranean.

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flax field (Image: isogood/iStock/Getty Images)

Replacement

Flax seed is a great replacement for eggs in baked goods--1 tbsp. mixed with 3 tbsp. water will act as a binder and replace one egg.

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eggs in a bowl (Image: mingman/iStock/Getty Images)

Forms

Flax seed can be purchased whole, ground or as an oil.

flax seed oil
flax seed oil (Image: Monika Wisniewska/iStock/Getty Images)

Lignans

Flax seed contains lignans, which are believed to be beneficial for the heart and prevent some cancers.

close up of flax seeds
close up of flax seeds (Image: Adriana Harakalova/Hemera/Getty Images)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Flax seed is also a great plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to benefit cardiovascular health, prevent cancer, and have positive effects on the brain and immune system.

spoonful of flax seeds
spoonful of flax seeds (Image: YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Fiber

Flax seed is full of fiber and aids the digestive process, but if too much flax seed is consumed, it might have a laxative effect.

bowl of flax seeds
bowl of flax seeds (Image: LittleBee80/iStock/Getty Images)

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