Flax is grown both for its seeds and for its fibers. The seeds come in 2 varieties, brown and yellow. Both have the same nutritional values and contain omega3 fatty acids. My uncle, who is based in the US supplies my parents with flax seeds. At first, we didn't know what they were for. My mom called him up to ask what those seeds are for. He said, a tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with 1/2 a cup of water after dinner can help lower the body's cholesterol level. Sometimes, we see those seeds mixed in breads from bakeshops and deli stores. Whole flax seeds do not have any effect at all, they should be ground to release all the essentials.
Flax seeds also stabilizes blood sugar level, thus, lessens the severity of diabetes. The seeds are high in B Vitamins, magnesium, manganese and of course, fiber. These essential nutrients are the ones responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of the seeds. The combination of healthy fats and fiber is beneficial to dieters too. And did you know that a tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three tablespoons of water may serve as a replacement for one egg in baking by binding the other ingredients together?