Review on March 02, 2007
Recent research from the medical investigato at Mayo Clinic reveals good news for menopausal women: as simple a dietary change as adding two tablespoons of flaxseeds to the daily diet can help to reduce the number and intensity of hot flashes experienced on a daily basis.
The study, conducted by Sandhya Pruthi, MD, et al., proposes that the addition of flaxseeds (a small brown seed esteemed for its elevated amounts of omega-3 fatty acids) to the daily diet can cut the strength of hot flashes by half. The study examined 29 menopausal women who reported having had hot flashes upwards of fourteen times a week for a month or longer, and who were not following any treatment program for their menopause symptoms.
For the first week of the study, the women made no lifestyle changes, but kept a log recording the occurrence, duration, and intensity of their hot flashes, and how it affected their quality of life. After the first week, the authors had the hot flash sufferers add two tablespoons of crushed flaxseeds two times a day to their diet (sprinkled over cereal, yogurt or fruit, or mixed into juice).
The test subjects followed the flaxseed diet for six weeks, continuing to record their hot flashes in their log. The results of the study show that adding flaxseed to the diet reduced the daily number of hot flashes by half, and lessened the power of hot flashes by 57%. Some mild side effects were reported, including abdominal bloating and diarrhea.
Before the power of the flaxseed to reduce hot flashes is widely accepted in the medical community, larger and more comprehensive studies still have to be conducted. These preliminary findings, however, remain positive about the potential of the flaxseed.