Flax seeds are an excellent source of many health-benefiting nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Flax seeds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. Regular intake of small portions of flax seeds in the diet helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. The seeds contain lignans, a class of phytoestrogens considered to have antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. Flax are an excellent source of vitamin-E. Vitamin-E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of mucosa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. The seeds packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Folates contribute to avoiding neural tube defects in the fetus when consumed during pre-conception period and pregnancy. Flaxseed is a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.