Flax is the seed of a flowering plant native to the “fertile crescent” of the eastern Mediterranean. It is often prepared as an oil (cold pressed), a meal (ground) or just plain seeds. Flaxseed oil has gained popularity recently for its ability to manage cholesterol levels, but that’s not all it can do.
Benefits of flaxseed include having high levels of omega-3 fats that help manage diabetes, cancer, heart disease and inflammation. A diet that is high in omega-3’s has been found to fight depression and promote proper brain function. Additionally, it has the following nutrients:
- Vitamin B6
- Dietary fiber