Flaxseeds occur in two basic varieties/colors: brown or yellow (golden linseeds). Most types of these basic varieties have similar nutritional characteristics and equal numbers of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. The exception is a type of yellow flax called solin (trade name "Linola"), which has a completely different oil profile and is very low in omega-3s.

Flaxseeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed oil or linseed oil, which is one of the oldest commercial oils. It is an edible oil obtained by expeller pressing and sometimes followed by solvent extraction. Solvent-processed flaxseed oil has been used for many centuries as a drying oil in painting and varnishing.

Although brown flaxseed varieties may be consumed as readily as the yellow ones, and have been for thousands of years, its better-known uses are in paints, for fiber, and for cattle feed.

Flax seeds Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Flax seeds are 6.96% water, 28.88% carbohydrates, 18.29% protein, 27.3% dietary fiber, 3.72% ash and 42.16% fat. One tablespoon of flax seeds will give you with 2.975 grams of carbohydrates. It is equal to 2.29 percent of the 130 grams of carbohydrates you need on a daily basis. That same in an amount measuring 100 grams (3.5 Oz), flax seeds provide 2234 kilojoules (534 kilocalories) of energy and are a rich source of Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and Vitamin B3 (niacin) (149.45%, 36.38%, and 22% of the Daily Value, respectively). This means that if you add flax seeds in your diet it will help your body to save proper tissues functionality, convert the food into energy, protect itself from cardiovascular deseases and will be effective against the acceleration of atherosclerosis in diabetic peoplecell deathfatigue and loss of appetite. At the same time they contain a considerable amount of Manganese, Copper and Magnesium attaining 137.89%, 135.56% and 126.45% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.