Flax is one of the oldest fiber crops in the world. It is known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. In Asian, it has played a role in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Today, flaxseed is available as seeds, oil, powder, tablets, capsules and flour. Flaxseeds occur in two basic varieties: brown, and yellow or golden (also known as golden linseeds).Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. The exception is a type of yellow flax called solin (trade name Linola), which has a completely different oil profile and is very low in omega-3 FAs. Flaxseeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed oil or linseed oil, which is one of the oldest commercial oils. It is an edible oil obtained by expeller pressing, sometimes followed by solvent extraction. Solvent-processed flaxseed oil has been used for many centuries as a drying oil in painting and varnishing.
Top 10 Benefits of Flaxseed
- High in Fiber but Low in Carbs
- High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Helps Make Skin and Hair Hairy
- Helps Lower Cholesterol
- High in Antioxidants (Lignans)
- Supports Digestive Health
- May Help Prevent Cancer
- May Help with Weight Loss
- Helps Decrease Menopausal and Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms.