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Flax seeds come from the Linum usitatissimum plant and are primarily grown in Canada, China, and Russia. Flax seeds, also called linseeds are a great source of fiber and omega-3 fats. The seeds are eaten both roasted and raw as a snack and are also ground into a powder and frequently added to bread, cookies, granola bars, salads and smoothies for a nutritional boost.

Health Benefits

Flax provides multiple health benefits and is easy to add to most any meal. One small ounce of flax delivers 5 grams of protein, 11 grams of healthy fats and 7.7 grams of fiber. It also contains lignans, which are considered to be some of the most potent antioxidants for fighting many health issues.

  1. Reduce Risks of Diabetes and Bad Cholesterol: The beneficial omega-3 fats contained in flaxseed help support healthy levels of cholesterol while also ridding the body of the bad, LDL cholesterol and reducing triglycerides. Omega-3 in conjunction with the high amount of fiber found in flax also fights against diabetes. In a study at the University of Toronto, individuals who ate flax bread in lieu of typical wheat bread showed a reduction in blood sugar levels, testing 28% lower than their counterparts who ate standard wheat bread; an important factor for diabetics.
  2. Fight Cancer: The lignans found in flax are a phytoestrogen compound, which has been shown to protect against cancer. With an incredible 800-times higher content of lignans than any other plant that has been tested, flax is considered to be the optimal choice for consuming these beneficial cancer-fighting lignans. Along with the lignans, flax also contains ALA, alpha-linolenic acid, another cancer-fighting compound.
  3. Improve Digestion: The fiber in flax is insoluble and soluble, which helps promote healthy digestion in the body, as well as bulking stools up that assists in ridding the body of toxins. Studies have shown that colon cancer risks are reduced when ample fiber is incorporated into the daily diet. 

About Flax

Flax is grown primarily in the northern portion of the United States and the Western prairies of Canada, where the climate is cool. The blue flowering plant reaches just over three feet in height and is generally ready for cultivation within eight weeks.

Flax is primarily produced for its massive health benefits, which can be enjoyed in the original seed form or milled into a powder for baking, as well as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. Additionally, oil is often produced from the flax, which offers the health benefits as well.

The stem of the flax plant is processed and spun into a fibrous thread, which is often used in linen products.

The small flax seed provides many health benefits and can easily be added to the daily diet.

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