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.
Flax seed is believed to have originated in the Fertile Crescent, between India and the Mediterranean.
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.
Flax seed can be purchased whole, ground or as an oil.
Flax seed contains lignans, which are believed to be beneficial for the heart and prevent some cancers.
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.
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.