Flax for Hot Flashes?

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Health Benefits |

By Esther Hylden RN

Golden Valley Flax


     Could this be true?  Could eating just a few spoonfuls of flax daily cool hot flashes?  A study from the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology suggests that this indeed is true.  After eating about 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily for six weeks, the study’s 21 members had a 50 percent drop in hot-flash frequency and showed improvements in mood and muscle pain.  The lead study author, Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., notes that flax is a source of plant –based estrogens and shows promise as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for hot-flash relief.  As a 51-year-old flax user, I must add that I have never had a hot flash…even though I could definitely be described as a menopausal woman.  So…if frequent heat waves are hampering your lifestyle…try adding flax seed to your daily diet and get ready to say good-by to hot flashes!


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