They fight cholesterol like William Wallace fought the English
OK, so there's no sword fighting involved. But high cholesterol -- the waxy, fat-like gunk that builds up in your arteries -- can be a sign that you're at risk of having a stroke or heart attack someday if you're not careful. Those with very high cholesterol may require medication, but flaxseed is a valuable weapon if you want to go au naturel.
They keep things movin' -- if you know what I mean
If you don't know what I mean, I'm talking about your bowels. Flaxseed is full of fiber, which is pretty much a lifesaver in embarrassing situations such as gastrointestinal discomfort and constipation. All clear in the poop department? Good for you, but flaxseed's fiber content can also help in other ways, such as regulating your blood sugar levels and keeping your weight in check.
They're absurdly easy to incorporate into your diet
The seeds of the flax plant are teeny-tiny, so it's easy to sprinkle them on or stir them into just about anything without much effort. That said, they do have a nice nutty flavor, which makes them a nice complement to lots of dishes. For breakfast, add them to your oatmeal or yogurt. For lunch, sprinkle them on a salad. For dinner, knead them into bread or pizza dough. You can even use them as an egg replacer when baking.