Flax seed and flaxseed oil (also called linseed oil) enjoy an important place in the natural remedies community as a much-trusted remedy and daily dietary supplement that can offer a variety of health benefits. People regularly consume flaxseed to help reduce the risk of prostate and other forms of cancer, slow the growth of fibroids, ease menopausal symptoms, and to aid in weight loss.
The flax plant is widely dispersed, and its seeds have been used as a food source and medicinally throughout history. Now we begin to better appreciate its dietary value as an excellent source of both fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, such as are found in coldwater fish. Flax seeds also provide lignans, which are antioxidants and pseudoestrogens.
Flaxseed for Prostate Cancer
A 2013 study found that lignans found in flaxseed might prevent localized prostate cancer cells from spreading.
In another study by Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, research showed that flaxseed can affect the levels of testosterone, a male hormone, which may influence the progression of prostate cancer.¹
Flaxseed for Fibroids
Flaxseeds inhibit estrogen sensitivity in the uterus, making them helpful when you have fibroids. Flaxseeds belong to a food group called selective estrogen receptor modulators, which basically means that they change the effect that estrogen has in different parts of the body.
Flax Seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, both of which bind to estrogen receptors, thereby preventing absorption of excess estrogen.
1 tablespoon of flaxseed per day, mixed in food or a smoothie.
Flaxseed for Menopause
One study showed women who consumed 40 grams (2.67 tablespoons) of ground flaxseed each day had a significant decrease in severity and frequency of their hot flashes. ²
1.5 Tablespoons of Ground Flaxseed in a Smoothie twice a day.
Additional Flax Seed Benefits
Adding flax seeds or flaxseed oil to your regular diet or as an occasional remedy is said to resolve constipation, relieve PMS symptoms, hot flashes, improve skin tone, and reduce the risks of diabetes, stroke, cancers, and cardiovascular disease.
Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers used Flaxseed to cure a particular ailment and whether or not they had any side effects from this supplement.