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Flaxseed 'does not reduce hot flushes'

Flaxseed 'does not reduce hot flushes'
6th June 2011

Flaxseed does not work in easing hot flashes among postmenopausal women or breast cancer patients, research has shown.

There was found to be no significant difference in the average number of hot flushes occurring in women taking flaxseed and those given a placebo, according to a Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group study.

It was previously believed that ingesting 40 grams of crushed flaxseed per day could make hot flushes more manageable.

Sandhya Pruthi, of Mayo Clinic's Breast Diagnostic Clinic, said: "While our preliminary data from our 2007 pilot study showed a reduction in hot flashes associated with the consumption of ground flaxseed, our new study did not result in a significant decrease in hot flashes with eating flaxseed compared to placebo."

Hot flushes consist of a sudden feeling of heat in the upper body, which can include red, patchy skin on the face, neck and chest and sweating.

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