Flax fiber is the source of linens, and other parts of the plant are used to make fabric, dye, paper, medicines, fishing nets, and soap. Charlemagne made flax popular in European culture. Impressed with its versatility, he passed laws requiring its cultivation and consumption. Canada is currently the leading producer of flaxseeds in the world, followed by China, India, and the United States. Nearly 100% of the U.S. crop is raised in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
- reduces attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by protecting neurons
- rich source of meaga-3 fat, which provides protection from cognitive decline and depression
- decreases severity of autoimmune disease and promotes bone health
- omega-3 fat reduces the risk of dry eye syndrome