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Benefits of flax seeds (ground)

Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator

My sister came to stay and was suffering from hot flashes. Partly to help her and looking into this for myself in the future I came across an article on flax seeds helping with mild menopausal symptoms so I thought I’d share the information. My sister is vegetarian and not vegan but does anyone have any other plant based information that I can pass on to her that is tried and tested with regard to easing symptoms of menopause. We have a nutrition topic so it would be good to get some posts in there. 👍

I found the following...

“Ground flaxseed -- but not flaxseed oil -- may also help with menopausal symptoms. One study showed that 40 grams per day may be similar to hormone therapy for improving mild menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. ...”

healthline.com/nutrition/be...

Off to work I go:::::::::::::::💨 Ali 🙂🌱

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Hi Ali

If I come across anything I'll be sure to share.

I used to get a lot of hot flushes and night sweats but not anymore. What I found for the night time is sleeping on a cotton towel, I still do that now.

Have a good day😀

Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator in reply to crazyfitness

Oh really? That sounds like a good tip, thank you!

crazyfitness
crazyfitnessStar in reply to Agoodenough

You are welcome, it made night much better for me.😀

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Comprehensive Menopause/ Hot Flash discussion (in context of lifestyle, diet, movement … ) between Jeanne Schumacher (‘Simply Plant Based’: m.youtube.com/channel/UCsud... ) & Dr. Pamela Popper ( m.youtube.com/user/drpamsne... ) that you & your sister might enjoy, Agoodenough. (Hot flashes 🥵 addressed as well as what to do in preparation 📝 for menopause.)

Dr. Pam Popper - Menopause [1+ hour]: m.youtube.com/watch?v=lIFAq...

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An audio you both might find interesting/ supportive 🥰 is Corinne Nijjer’s podcast with Marisa Monagle [1+ hour]: Could A WFPB Diet Alleviate The Symptoms Of Menopause? corinnenijjer.com/the-podca... . This may be a bit of a ‘mind easer’ (comforting thoughts 😌) for when ‘the transition’ begins as well additional ideas for managing hot flashes (🔥⚡️).

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Wishing you & your sister the very best, Agoodenough. 😌 🙏 🍀 🌺 🌞

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Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Kai--

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Supplemental idea:

Your sister might consider Turmeric (+ Ground Black Pepper), Agoodenough, if it hasn’t already been thought of/ tried?🤔

Some swear by it (8 Ways Turmeric Can Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms: doesitwork.tv/8-ways-turmer... ) & some swear at it 😯 😬 . . . 😁

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For more than you ever wanted to know about turmeric 😳 🙃, scroll down to "Turmeric/ Curcumin resources/ references": healthunlocked.com/cure-art....

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Thoughts:

. . . • Some swear by ‘golden paste’ ( google.com/search?as_q=gold... ) and/or ‘golden milk’ ( google.com/search?as_q=gold... ) for its effective anti-inflammatory properties.

. . . • Some swear turmeric does nothing for them (has no discernible effect) — no matter the method of ingestion or dosage.

. . . • Some swear because they loathe the taste of turmeric 😝 & can’t injest it even in soups 🍛 , foods 🥙 🥗 , or blender drinks 🍹 …

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For those whom turmeric is an effective tool 🔧 in our toolbox 🧰 , we find palatable 😋 ways of ingesting it that pleases our tongue 👅 or by-passes our tastebuds altogether 💊. Turmeric capsules 💊 (with ground black pepper*) can help those of us who just can’t tolerate the taste in the quantity (‘dose’) required to fight inflammation 🤜🔥🔥🤛 (& reduce pain).

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. . . • "Menopausal hot flashes turmeric" google search results: google.com/search?as_q=meno...

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Non-turmeric alternatives from ‘The Cleveland Clinic’:

. . . • Menopause: Non-Hormonal Treatment & Relief for Hot Flashes: my.clevelandclinic.org/heal...

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Aside: Some golden paste/ milk recipes note the ‘need’ to use oil/fat. Oil/ fat may not actually be necessary especially if you’re ingesting the golden paste/ milk (even turmeric capsules, etc.) with your meal. [Generally, there already is enough fats (oils) in the foods we consume (even vegan/ vegetarian foods); therefore, no worries about not adding any ‘additional’ oil/fat to the golden paste/ milk recipes. 👍👍 ]

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*Ground black pepper (piperine) with the turmeric root, or spice powder, or capsule increases its bioavailability ( en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio... , nutritionfacts.org/2015/02/... ).

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If you assess Turmeric is something you wish to try — please work closely with your physician(s) 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ to ensure any supplements, spices, herbs, etc. that you plan on ingesting do not conflict with any meds you may currently be taking (or conflicting with any current medical condition(s)). You may already be well aware of this. (Merely noting as a safe, gentle reminder.) Think it's safest if we continue working hand-in-hand 🤝 with our medics as a 'check & balance' ⚖ -- to ensure we don't 'go off the rails' 🛤 🚂 . . . . . 😳 😬 (Merely my layman's opinion 🗣💬.)

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Oh . . . If you’ve ever handled Turmeric, your probably already well aware it stains everything it comes in contact with a lovely yellow/ orange color. 😯 (Handling it in a confined area/ surface such as a designated tray while wearing an apron you don’t mind staining is merely a ‘heads up’. 😳 👍👍 )

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Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Kai--

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Additional Hot Flash/ Menopause resources:

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👨‍⚕️ Dr. Neal Barnard (PCRM.org — Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine):

. . . • A Natural Approach to Menopause: pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nut...

. . . • Hot flashes: pcrm.org/search?keys=Hot+fl...

. . . • Menopause: pcrm.org/search?keys=menopause

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👩‍⚕️ Dr. Pam Popper ( m.youtube.com/user/drpamsne... ):

. . . • Hot flashes: google.com/search?as_q=%22H...

. . . • Menopause: google.com/search?as_q=Meno...

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👨‍🔬 T. Colin Campbell (NutritionStudies.org):

. . . • Hot flashes: nutritionstudies.org/?s=Hot...

. . . • Menopause: nutritionstudies.org/?s=Men...

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👨‍⚕️ Dr. John McDougall (DrMcDougall.com):

. . . • Hot flashes: google.com/search?as_q=%22H...

. . . • Menopause: google.com/search?as_q=Meno...

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👨‍⚕️ Dr. Michael Greger (NutritionFacts.org):

. . . • Hot flashes: nutritionfacts.org/?s=Hot+f...

. . . • Menopause: nutritionfacts.org/?s=Menop...

Soy Phytoestrogens for Menopause Hot Flashes : m.youtube.com/watch?v=mt8M-... [Transcript: nutritionfacts.org/video/so... ]

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Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator in reply to Kai--

Kai, thank you so much for all the time and effort you have taken to reply to my post. I'm going to have a read through and watch the videos when I finish work this afternoon. You are so kind, thank you 🙏 Ali

Zest
Zest in reply to Kai--

I also appreciate your research there Kai--

I'll be looking through some of those for sure!

Zest :-)

Kai--
Kai-- in reply to Zest

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[Very welcome, Agoodenough/ Zest. 🙏 😌 ]

Think 1 (of several things) that struck me ⚡️ (from the J. Schumacher/ P. Popper video) was when they alluded to: if we’d known then, what we know now (about healthy lifestyle/ eating habits), we’d have taken much better care of ourselves early on. 😯 😳 🤦‍♀️

So many of us — regardless of gender 💁‍♀️ 💁‍♂️ — just didn’t know (or truly grasp in our earlier, youthful years) the value of making time to take loving 🥰 good care of ourselves. 😯

We "reap what we sow" — over a lifetime 👶 🧒 🧑 🧓 .

The "chickens 🐓 🐓 🐥 🐥 (do indeed) come home to roost" — for better or worse — as we advance in age. 😯 . . . 🤯 . . . 😳

😬 😂 🙃

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Good news: you’ve time 🕰 📆 🗓 & can likely influence the ease of the ‘transition’?! 🤔

How great is that?! 😃👍👍

[How many of us have wistfully looked back over our lives to think 😌 💭: ‘if only I could go back & do it over again’ ♻️ . . . a better way . . . from what I *know* NOW!? 🤦‍♀️ 🤦‍♂️. . . Oy vey! 😄 😂 ☺️ ]

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😌 🙏 🍀 🌺 🌞

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Zest
Zest in reply to Kai--

Inspiring words Kai--

Zest :-)

Hi Ali, I use ground flax seeds but am concerned by the recent EFSA report that linseeds contain a type of "cyanogenic glycoside" that can produce cyanide gas as it degrades.

dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech...

Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator

Hi Jerry. I have looked into this and I personally think it is scaremongering and I don’t think you can cause a problem having a tablespoon a day. I think the benefits outweigh any very low risk of cyanide related problems. Almonds, tapioca, spinach, beans and more all contain cyanide. It’s a personal thing and I suppose everyone has to weigh up the facts for themselves. Also when I looked into it before I found this on line...🙂

Q: I recently read that flaxseed contains cyanide. I have been consuming two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily for several years. Should I be concerned? Does this quantity of flaxseed provide a clinically significant amount of cyanide?

A: Lynne M. Ausman, DSc, RD, director of the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Program at Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, says you have nothing to worry about. Many foods, including not only flax but cashews, almonds, some beans and other plant products, naturally contain very small amounts of cyanide compounds. You’re more likely to ingest these trace amounts of cyanide when such foods are consumed raw, as heat breaks down the compounds. Even when flaxseed is eaten raw, the body has a natural capacity to break down a certain amount of these cyanide compounds. A 1994 study found that, in healthy individuals, daily consumption of as much as 60 grams of raw flaxseed—more than eight tablespoons—was safe.

Also here is a link to a video regarding tests done on toxicity levels in flax seeds. The mans delivery leaves a lot to be desired but the bottom line is you would have to eat an impossible amount of flax seeds before you were anywhere near having a problem.

nutritionfacts.org/video/sh...

Ali 😁🌱

Jerry
Jerry in reply to Agoodenough

Hi Ali, it was in the Times as well at the weekend and posted on DI.

I find it interesting as all plants have anti nutrients and its how we neutralise them, so for instance baking with ground linseeds is different than eating them raw and thats the worry for toddlers who might be given smoothies made with copious amounts of raw ground linseeds.

I am sorry but I'm not scare mongering I'm just very interested in what we are eating and possible side effects. And as I bake with it a lot I want to know more.

Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator in reply to Jerry

Awe Jerry, I didn’t mean for one moment that you were scare mongering. I meant the papers who print this stuff. I think they have a little information and turn it on it’s head to get a story.

I share the same interest in food and nutrition as you do and I like to read what people say and think, consider both sides of the coin and then look into it as I know you do too.

I think the cyanide post is a very valid and interesting one but after researching it, it doesn’t worry me. 🙂🌱

Zest
Zest in reply to Agoodenough

I'm really glad that you and Jerry shared the information, as it's helpful.

Zest :-)

Agoodenough
AgoodenoughAdministrator in reply to Zest

Hi Zest, thank you, yes it’s very interesting 🙂

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