There's been a lot of hype lately around naturally nutritious seeds like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. But what are flaxseeds and what's the craze about?  

These seeds, among others, are naturally wholesome all on their own. They provide a combination of essential nutrients to benefit health.  

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Angela Kerndl

Apparently King Charlemagne of France was so impressed with flaxseeds that he passed laws requiring his subjects to eat them. Now, science can actually back up his wisdom with their latest research on the seed.

For one, flaxseeds contain high levels of Omega-3, which is the fatty acid you don't want to cut out of your diet. Flaxseeds also have ALA. This type of fatty acid works as an anti-inflammatory, meaning flaxseeds can prevent inflammation and allow your immune system to function better.

Also, if you don't like fish, eating flaxseed is a good way to get the essential fats you need. However, it's not quite as beneficial as those found in fish oil.  

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Angela Kerndl

Flaxseeds also contain lots of lignans. Lignans contain plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. They are found 800 times more in flaxseeds than other plant foods. Flaxseeds also are gluten-free, unlike certain grains, making them a great grain-free option in cooking or baking in everything from tasty banana, to zucchini, to flaxseed muffins

Now, time for the benefits of flaxseeds. Although it's not definitive, research does show that flaxseeds can do the following:

Lower Risk of Cancer

Research shows that flaxseed can lower risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer. Flaxseeds are also thought to balance hormone levels, which is part of the reason it could lower the risk of breast cancer.  

Weight Loss

Studies show that flaxseed may be able to improve obesity and support weight loss. Because of the healthy fats and fiber in flaxseed, you will feel full and satisfied longer after eating it.  

Healthy Hair and Skin

Flaxseed can improve acne and eczema. The fats found in flaxseed may also be beneficial for your hair by reducing dryness and flakiness. 

Other potential benefits include reducing bone loss, improving digestive health and reducing risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  

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Angela Kerndl

Pick a bag up for yourself today and start seeing the benefits of this tiny but mighty seed.