Flax seeds have been around, well, for pretty much forever. The seeds come from flax are one of the the oldest crops in the world and were cultivated in ancient Egypt and China. They have a subtle, nutty taste and can be mixed into smoothies, sprinkled on salads, cereals, and yogurt. I especially love Go Raw’s Sprouted Flax Snax! They’re a yummy, healthy alternative to chips or crackers, when you’re in the mood for something a little crunchy.

Nutritional powerhouse.

For such a small food, flax seeds pack an unbelieveable amount of nutritional value. They are an excellent source of micronutrients, omega-3, is one of the best sources of magnesium, and contains a ton of essential vitamins and fatty acids. Omega-3s are critical for heart and brain health and just a tablespoon or flax seeds contains nearly 2 grams of omega-3s. They are loaded with antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage, and are loaded with dietary fiber. Flax seeds have been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, and cardiovascular diseases.

Dynamite on digestion.

Maybe the biggest flax seed benefit is its ability to promote digestive health. The fatty acids in flax protect your gut lining, promote better absorption, and helps feed the good bacteria in your gut. They are especially good at reducing inflammation and the oil from flax can help alleviate constipation because of its high fiber content. The fiber in flax helps to clean out your colon and maintains a healthy gut environment.

Great for skin and hair health.

If you want healthier skin, hair and nails try incorporating flax seeds into your daily diet. The essential fatty acids can help alleviate dryness, while strengthening and fortifying. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, flax can also help to alleviate acne, rosacea, and eczema. Topically, you can also mix a little flax seed oil into your hair and skin care products, or mix with a couple drops of your favourite essential oil and apply directly on your skin as a moisturizer. Just remember, flax oil needs to be refrigerated or it can go rancid pretty quickly.