The worrying health risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause have led many women to look for a natural treatment for menopause symptoms. Studies showed that flaxseed appeared to reduce hot flashes and improve other symptoms.
A clinical study was organized on a test group of 21 menopausal women. At the end of the six-week flaxseed-based natural treatment for menopause, results showed that the women who took flaxseed had a 50% decrease in the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Participants also reported major improvements in mood, joint and muscle pain and overall enjoyed a better quality of life.
How Flaxseed Works as a Natural Treatment for Menopause
Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. High in antioxidants, flaxseed has many health benefits for the cardiovascular system as it lowers the risk of heart disease. It is also the highest source of fiber (26%), easing constipation and irritable bowel disease.
Lignans are plant-based phytoestrogens, making flaxseed mildly estrogenic. This means that it has similar properties to the hormone estrogen. These estrogen-balancing properties make flaxseed an excellent natural treatment for menopause symptoms.
As well as reducing hot flashes, the estrogenic qualities of flaxseed help lower the risk of breast cancer. Excess estradiol is associated with hormonal cancers that commonly occur in postmenopausal women. The lignans in flaxseed exert a weaker estrogenic effect on the receptor cells than estradiol, blocking these harmful effects and protecting the breasts, uterus and cervical tissue from the risk of cancer.
Cold Press Flaxseed Oil
Like most health supplements, it pays to look for top quality flaxseed oil with high lignin content if you want the full benefit of a natural treatment for menopause. The best flax seed oil is produced from ground organic seeds using a cold milling process. This flaxseed oil should be stored in the refrigerator as it has a limited shelf life. However, the taste and benefits are exceptional.
Pour flaxseed oil lightly over your breakfast granola, add it to smoothies and shakes or drizzle over salads. This natural treatment for menopause has so many other health benefits; it should be taken by everyone, not just menopausal women!