Latin name: Linum usitatissimum
Other names: ama, annual flax, common flax, linseed flax

What is Flaxseed?

Flax is an annual plant that is native to a region extending from India to the eastern parts of the Mediterranean. Its history of use goes back to ancient Egypt, where it was actively cultivated.

What are the health benefits of Flaxseeds?
Flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to be anti-inflammatory. This seed’s oil is also high in lingans, which are thought to benefit the heart and may be effective at treating certain types of breast and prostate cancers. Generally, flaxseed oil treats a wide variety of issues, including: tendonitis, candida and yeast infections, menstrual and menopausal disorders, low libido, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, dandruff, hair loss, gum disease, and rosacea.

More information about the healing powers of Flaxseed Oil can be found in the Supplements section.

Where can I find Flaxseeds?
Flaxseeds are available whole, ground and in oil form, and can be found online through herb suppliers, at health food stores, in some grocery stores, and in numerous food products like breakfast bars, breads, and cereals.

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