Flaxseed for Hot Flashes?

By Anna Roufos, January/February 2008

Recent research suggests it might just help.

"As a little child my grandmother gave us flax seed water to cool us off she said. We live in the tropics and it is hot and humid and we sweated a lot and she gave us this water to drink. No one can remember how she prepared it. Do you...

Flax Cooking and Storage Tips

One of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. They must be ground for your body to absorb the benefits. Whole flaxseeds have a longer shelf life (grind them in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender). Once ground, flaxseeds are highly perishable, so store them in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator or freezer. You can purchase whole seeds and ground flaxmeal in natural-foods markets.

Flaxseed oil, pressed from flaxseeds, is a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is highly perishable, so store in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible. Available at natural-foods stores.

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