Flaxseed and hot flushes

An American study has found that flaxseed is not helpful in easing hot flushes among breast cancer patients and postmenopausal women.

Preliminary data published in 2007 by Mayo Clinic investigators suggested that consuming 40 grams daily of crushed flaxseed might help manage hot flushes.

Their follow-up randomized, placebo-controlled study in 188 women in 2009 found no significant difference in mean hot flush scores between women taking flaxseed and those taking placebo.

Findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago.

Content updated 19 July 2011