Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed or linseed oil. Flax seed sprouts are edible, with a slightly spicy flavor. Flaxseed has roots dating back to beginnings of civilization where it is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Harvested throughout ancient Egypt and Ethiopia and, according to the Flax Council of Canada, dyed flax fibers have even been found in a prehistoric cave dating back to 3,000 BC.
Nutritionists call flax one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There are numerous research studies that say that it helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
Add ground flaxseed to our daily oatmeal, in smoothies, into stir-fry dishes, soup, stews, cereal and yogurt. Flaxseed is also gluten free.