Flaxseeds are also known as linseeds and possess a number of health benefits. These brown seeds with an earthy aroma are quite popular as a health food. Also known as alasi/ alsi in Hindi and Urdu, these wonder seeds originated in the Middle East more than a thousand years ago. Flaxseeds offer a number of health benefits such as weight loss, cancer prevention, controls diabetes and reduces the risk of heart disease. Indians generally grind the Alsi seeds into powder by roasting it to gain its maximum benefits and use it in dishes such as oatmeal, smoothies, raita, chutney, mukhwas and buttermilk.