Hot Flashes Halved in Preliminary Study of Ground Flaxseed
In August 30, 2007 – research study from Mayo Clinic makes Flaxseed looks like an attractive alternative to hormone replacement therapy fo women having hot flashes and menopause symptoms. It was a small study, and not blind or placebo controlled, but it offers enough promise to point the way to more research.
The flaxseed study comes from Sandhya Pruthi, MD and collegue at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn,
Pruthi’s team studies 21 women who had been having 14 hot flashes per week for at least a month and were not taking estrogen to relieve their menopausal symptoms.
The first week was spent a week just monitoring and noting these women’s hot flashes and the quality of their life. During the next 6 weeks study, they continue to note down their hot flashes daily and reported any side effects, while taking 2 tablespoonful of crushed flaxseed sprinkled on juice, cereal, yoghurt or fruit twice daily for six weeks.
The Mayo study showed that twenty-one women who consumed 40 grams of ground flaxseed daily had a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of their hot flashes. The women’s hot flashes were scored over a period of six weeks, and those who took the flaxseed showed a 50% decrease in the frequency of flashes, and a 57% decrease in their “flash score” overall, resulting in major improvements in their quality of life. Participants in the study even noticed improvements in their mood and in joint and muscle pain.
Flaxseed is particularly promising as a treatment for menopause symptoms because it is a plant estrogen containing both omega-3 fatty acids and lingans. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to be protective in heart disease, and lingans contain antioxidants that are being studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Flaxseed also seems to have some anti-estrogen qualities that could decrease the risk of breast cancer.
Pruthi’s team concludes that more research is indeed warranted. The full report appears in the Journal of the Society for Integral Oncology.
Flaxseed as Nutritional Supplement and food
Flax seeds contain lignans, a class of phytoestrogens considered to have antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties, although the extracted linseed oil, according to some, does not contain lignans found in flax seed, and allegedly does not have the same antioxidant properties.
Flax seed oil is easily oxidized, and rapidly becomes rancid, with an unpleasant odour, unless refrigerated. Even when kept under cool conditions, it has a shelf life of only a few weeks. Oil with an unpleasant or rancid odor should be discarded.
Food-grade flaxseed oil is cold-pressed, obtained without solvent extraction, in the absence of oxygen, and marketed as edible flaxseed oil. Fresh, refrigerated and unprocessed, linseed oil is used as a nutritional supplement and is a traditional European ethnic food, highly regarded for its hearty taste. It contains the highest level of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA among vegetable oils. Regular flaxseed oil contains between 52% and 63% ALA (C18:3 n-3).
Role of Essential Fatty acids in your body
Organic Cold compressed Flaxseed oil is a superior source of essential fatty acids. Your body do not produce essential fatty acids so, it is most important to to included EFA in your food sources.
* Essential fatty acids are building blocks critical for maintaining proper body functions.
* They help with cellular development and the formation of healthy cell membranes.
* EFA assist in the development and function of the brain and nervous system.
* They help regulate proper thyroid and adrenal activity.
* They play a role in thinning your blood, which can prevent blood clots that lead to heart attacks and stroke.
* Natural anti-inflammatory qualities that can relieve symptoms of both arthritis and other autoimmune system diseases, and they have actually been shown to block tumor formation in animals, as well as block the growth of human breast cancer cells.
* Regulate blood pressure, immune responses and liver function.
* Help with blood clotting and breaking down cholesterol.
Though the research was focused on Hot flashes, I believed Flaxseed oil as source of essential fatty acids have also helped several bodily functions as mentioned above reducing the effect of hot flashes, and stress on the overall state of health of the body.
I personally use Cold Compressed Organic Flaxseed oil on my self, family and clients with chronic health conditions. I utilised muscle test to determine dose compatibility.
Make sure your source of Flaxseed oil is Organic and cold compressed. Must be packed in coloured bottle and kept on the Fridge when you buy them from the Health food shop.
Organic Flaxseed must be freshly grounded and kept on the fridge.