One study on menopausal women and flaxseed reported a decrease in hot flashes when 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil was combined into cereal or yogurt, notes WebMD. Another study reported no significant reduction in hot flashes in women eating a bar containing 410 milligrams of phytoestrogens from ground flaxseed.Continue Reading
Flaxseed contains lignans, which have antioxidant properties and contain plant estrogen, explains WebMD. Because flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods, it is considered a supplement that could help with menopausal symptoms.
Flaxseed has other qualities that make it considered a wonder food, notes WebMD. Studies have indicated that flaxseed may protect against breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. This seems to be attributed to the high concentration of ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed and the lignans that block enzymes that are responsible for hormone metabolism. Somme studies have suggested that exposure to flaxseed lignans in adolescence may reduce breast cancer risks.
Studies also suggest that flaxseed may play an important role in cardiovascular health, explains WebMD. Flaxseed affects the inflammatory mechanisms and can normalize the heartbeat. Some studies have shown that flaxseed can help prevent plaque from being deposited in the arteries as well as prevent arterial hardening. Daily intake of flaxseed may also help reduce cholesterol levels.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases