June 6, 2011
Flaxseed No Cure For Hot Flashes During Breast Cancer Or Menopause
Flaxseed provides no benefit in easing hot flashes among breast cancer patients and postmenopausal women, according to a Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) study. The randomized, placebo-controlled study was conducted on 188 women between October and December 2009 and found no statistically significant difference in mean hot flash scores between women taking flaxseed and those taking a placebo. Preliminary data published in 2007 by Mayo Clinic investigators suggested consuming 40 grams of crushed flaxseed daily might help manage hot flashes.
The researchers presented their new findings during the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Pruthi says patients shouldn't give up flaxseed if they enjoy it. Flaxseed may be beneficial for people who want to add fiber and bulk to their diet to manage constipation, she says. Dr. Pruthi says more research is needed to identify whether flaxseed has any other health benefits.
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