Flaxseed Doesn't Help Flashing

Mennopausal women do not have their hot flashes improved by flaxseed

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Hot off the presses: Flaxseed does not help hot flashes. There are many recognized holistic treatments to relieve hot flash symptoms but flaxseed apparently is not one of them.

A recent Mayo Clinic study reversed its own previous 2007 finding. As it turns out, flaxseed added to the diet does not improve hot flashes in menopause or breast cancer patients. Recognized treatments do include an herb called Black Cohosh, vitamin E, and a diet rich in soy.

"Flaxseed won't help managing hot flashes."

Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., of Mayo Clinic’s Breast Diagnostic Clinic and a researcher with North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) remarks that hot  flashes are common during menopause or following breast cancer treatment. Previously, initial data from a 2007 study showed a reduction in hot flashes when flaxseed was added to diets. 

This new study contradicts that early finding and shows flaxseed does not significantly decrease hot flashes.

The randomized, placebo-controlled study included 188 women and found no statistically significant difference in mean hot flash scores between women on a placebo and women taking flaxseed.  

Flaxseed does have other benefits and Pruthi encourages patients to continue adding it to their diet if they enjoy it. It has been proven that flaxseed improves constipation as it adds bulk and fiber to the diet.

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Review Date: 
June 7, 2011
Last Updated:
June 9, 2011