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The dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum (family Linaceae), flax, the fiber of which is used in the manufacture of linen; an infusion was formerly used as a demulcent in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urogenital tracts, and the ground seeds are used in making poultices.
Synonym(s): flaxseed
[G. linon, flax]


/flax·seed/ (flak´sēd) linseed.


The seed of flax, used to produce linseed oil and medicinal emollients and as a dietary supplement.


The seed of the flax plant, yielding linseed oil and linseed. Claimed useful in control of cholesterol and blood sugar; also used as a laxative.
[A.S. fleax, flax, + seed]

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Q. does flaxseed work for hot flashes.is there anything else that helps? going though menopause without hormones.

A. There have been some researches lately to see if flaxseed does indeed help with hot flashes. flaxseed was studied because it is a phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen source). Flaxseed contains lignans and omega-3 fatty acids. The research found that it helped some of the women. You need to crush the flaxseed before you eat it in order to get all the oil out of it. You can try it, it is good for you anyway.

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Conclusion: Flaxseed oil has an ameliorative effect on the hepatic tissue damage caused by the Lipofundin.
In addition to breast cancer, flaxseed may be helpful for ovarian cancer.
Flaxseed exerted significant effect on protein percentage of both meats.
ADM has long been recognized in the industry as a reliable ingredient provider, but with our recent acquisitions of companies like Harvest Innovations, Eatem Foods and WILD Flavors, weve greatly expanded our portfolio with new, natural-sourced and non-GMO options like Onavita flaxseed oil, enhancing our ability to provide innovative, on-trend solutions for our customers, said Mike Zora, general manager of Natural Health and Nutrition for ADM.
When compared to placebo, both the flaxseed group and the V.
Flaxseed oil contains 50 to 60 percent omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and evidence shows that an ALA-rich diet may reduce heart disease risk.
Combine the flaxseed with 6 tbsp water and set aside for at least 5 mins.
In slaughter trial feeding to extruded flaxseed and pasture had a positive effect on the meat lipid component leading to lower perirenal fat accumulation and to higher conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) arachidonic acid polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and n-3 fatty acids contents.
Flaxseed oil is rich in the A omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), while black currant, borage and evening primrose oils are good sources of the omega-6 fatty acid GLA.
The Flax Council of Canada is pleased to announce the acceptance by Health Canada of a health claim linking ground whole flaxseed to cholesterol lowering, a major risk factor for heart disease.
In addition to its culinary use, flaxseed was believed to alleviate numerous health ailments such as constipation and respiratory infections.
If you have hypertension, adding ground flaxseed to your diet may help lower your blood pressure.