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