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Flaxseed shows potential to reduce hot flashes

Data from a new Mayo Clinic (http://mayoclinic.edu) study suggest that dietary therapy using flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women who do not take estrogen. The findings from the pilot study are published in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. A hot flash is often described as a flush of intense warmth across much of the body that may be accompanied by sweating, reddening of the skin, or, occasionally, cold shivers. Hot flashes occur in varying frequency and duration, even during sleep, and often cause or accompany sleep deprivation, anxiety and irritability. “Hot flashes are a bothersome issue for women experiencing menopause,” says Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., Mayo Clinic breast health (http://cancercenter.mayo.edu/) specialist and the study’s primary investigator. “We hope to find more effective nonhormonal options to assist women, and flaxseed looks promising.”

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Lignans likely to lessen breast cancer risk

Ms Williamson’s study involved two trials with healthy postmenopausal women. The answer to reducing your risk of breast cancer could very well come down to flaxseeds, according to the latest research by an RMIT University postgraduate researcher.

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Is flaxseed oil a risk for men?

The author speculated that the lignans in flaxseed are a major component of its anti-cancer effects and that the lack of lignans in most brands of flaxseed oil may explain why flaxseed oil is not beneficial. Until we know more about the risk flaxseed oil appears to present, I recommend that men avoid it, or at least stick to brands that put the lignans back in.

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Minder darmpoliepen door beschermende plantenstof

Een tot dusver obscure groep verbindingen in plantaardige producten halveert de kans op darmpoliepen. Dat blijkt uit het promotieonderzoek van dr. Anneleen Kuijsten aan Wageningen Universiteit. De door Kuijsten onderzochte stoffen zijn lignanen. Ze zitten in meergranenbrood, thee, groenten en fruit. Ze vallen onder de polyfenolen, een grote groep verbindingen in plantaardige voedingsmiddelen waarvan onderzoekers vermoeden dat ze beschermen tegen ziekten. Of lignanen dat ook doen is nog steeds niet duidelijk, maar op basis van Kuijstens onderzoek zou je dat wel verwachten.

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Heart Healthy Flax Seed may also be beneficial in promoting a better mood

Dr. Sarah M. Conklin, a postdoctoral scholar in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in salmon and flax seed may affect parts of the brain related to emotion.

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Plant estrogens may help cut cancer risk

French researchers say a diet rich in lignans may help prevent breast cancer in older women.

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Dietary Lignan Intake and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk by Estrogen and Progesterone Receptor Status

High dietary intakes of plant lignans and high exposure to enterolignans were associated with reduced risks of ER- and PR-positive postmenopausal breast cancer in a Western population that does not consume a diet rich in soy.

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The facts on flax

EFAs are termed essential because they cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from the diet. They are incorporated into the membranes of our body cells to keep them fluid and allow entry into cells of important nutrients as well as the removal of toxins.

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