Flaxseed okay to use while in treatment?

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Question from nadine: I am still in treatment. Is it OK to use flaxseed and flaxseed oil in the hopes it will ease the flashes?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. The plant-like estrogen in flaxseed, the lignans, lives in the hull of the seed. If you are using an oil, use one that includes the ground up hulls, and buy it fresh in a light-proof bottle that is refrigerated (it goes rancid pretty fast). The amount of plant-like estrogen in flaxseed that your body can absorb is relatively limited, and there is no study and scant personal stories to suggest that flaxseed alone could reduce hot flashes.
Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. If you are using flaxseed oil, use it in salads, not for cooking. It has a nutty taste to it.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. So if you feel like you are living on the edge, you may not want that "nutty" taste! :-)
Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. I have somebody who takes the flaxseed and grinds it with a little bit of cinnamon powder, and puts it on toast. Others use it with chili powder in beans, and it can also be used instead of sesame seeds.

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