The Latin name for flax is Linum usitatissimum, which means "the most useful".
Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart- healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
Major Health Benefits of Flaxseeds are:
(a) Protecting against Cancer
(b) Lowering Cholestrol
(c) Improving Blood Sugar
(d) A diet of flaxseed may protect skin tissues from being damaged by radiation