Flax seeds

Flax seeds

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Caption: Flax seeds (Linus usitatissimum). These seeds are the source of linseed, which is rich in omega 3 oils. As such, the seeds or their oils are often taken as a dietary supplement. The plant has long been used in herbal medicine as a laxative, and infusions have been used to treat coughs.

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