Flaxseed To Reduce Hot Flushes
A hot flush, or hot flash is a flush of intense warmth
across much of the body, that may be accompanied by
sweating, reddening of the skin, and occasionally, cold
The medically offered remedy for hot flushes is oestrogen.
However, many postmenopausal women refuse to take oestrogen
because of a perceived increased risk of breast cancer.
The traditional, popular natural alternative to HRT
has been black cohosh, however new data from the Mayo
Clinic suggests that "dietary therapy using flaxseed
may also decrease hot flushes in postmenopausal women
who do not take oestrogen".
a rich source of plant omega-3 and lignans. Studies
have shown flaxseed oil may reduce the frequency of
hot flushes by almost 60 per cent.
Daily supplements of flaxseed consisting of 40 grams
of crushed flaxseed for six weeks produced positive
Participants reported that the frequency of hot flashes
decreased 50 per cent over six weeks, and the overall
hot flash score decreased an average 57 per cent for
the women who completed the trial.
The researchers also report improvements mood, joint
or muscle pain, chills and sweating among the participants.
Researchers proposed that the phyto-oestrogen content
of flaxseed [mainly lignans] accounted for the apparent
benefits. Lignans are antioxidants with weak oestrogen-emulating
Some lignans also have some anti-cancer effects. The
anti-oestrogen properties of Flaxseed have been claimed
to decrease breast cancer risk.
Other products known to help hot flushes include:
Flaxseed may be taken as flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed
for use in cooking or sprinkled over food.
You can find Flaxseed in the 'Especially For
Women' section of our Antiaging Online Store.
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