Flax (binomial name: Linum usitatissimum) is a plant that is commonly referred to as common flax or linseed. The use of flax dates all the way back to the B.C times. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region and was also heavily cultivated in ancient Egypt and Ethiopia. Experts believe that the fertile crescent is the place where this plant was first domesticated. This plant can grow up to 1.2 meters. It also has green leaves and blue flowers.
Researchers have been studying the benefits of the seeds that come from flax for several years. Flaxseeds come in two different colors brown and yellow. One pound of flaxseed contains 20 grams of protein, 28 grams of fiber, 450 calories and 41 grams of fat. It is also rich in B vitamins, zinc, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. Many people take flaxseed along with flaxseed oil because of the nutritional benefits. If it is stored properly, it can last for up to 20 months.