Feeling hot, hot, hot? When menopause is the cause, who wouldn’t be up for trying a natural remedy to cool down?
After six weeks, the frequency of their hot flashes dropped, on average, from 7.3 to 3.6 a day. Intensity of the hot flashes
The researchers think the lignans in flax offer a “natural,” less potent estrogen effect on hot flashes than synthetic
hormone therapy. (If flaxseeds aren’t for you, here’s another natural remedy for hot flashes: omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats in fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna. Find out how much you
Flaxseeds are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids and they provide both soluble fiber, linked to
reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. But for your body to absorb the
benefits, the seeds must be ground. (Preserve the health benefits of flaxseed with these storage tips.
Want to try this natural cooling solution at home? Start with two tablespoons daily and work up to four, recommends one
researcher. (Note: 4 tablespoons = 190 calories.) Flaxseeds are rich in fiber—2.5 grams per tablespoon—so increasing intake
too quickly can cause bloating.