Flax, also known as linseed. originated from India and has been used since ancient times. It is an annual plant that grows blue flowers with five petals, and can occasionally found in bright red. The fruit is round, brown and glossy and looks much like an apple seed. The seeds and the fibers of this plant are used, both for different purposes.
There are two basic varieties of flax, yellow and brown.
Flax seeds produce oil called flaxseed or linseed oil. It is used as a drying oil in paintings and varnishing. Flax seeds are very healthy and full of fiber and protein. The seeds are often mixed with other foods for an added benefit of fiber and protein. They provide a slightly nutty flavor to the foods to which they are added. The sprouts can also be eaten, and they have a spicy flavor. The sprouts can help to remove bowel obstruction and were added to foods for thousands of years.
Flax seeds have been proven to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The seeds and oil can be used as an anti-inflammatory and laxative. It seems to have a better effect on women. It has been proven to lessen tumors in breasts and prostate. The oil can help to heal burns, and scraped tissues. The oil can also be applied to the chest for colds and coughs. There is new evidence that it can strengthen the immune system.