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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]
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The seed of flax, used to produce linseed oil and medicinal emollients and as a dietary supplement.
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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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Specifically, flaxseeds contain lignans, a natural chemical compound that along with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats can help reduce blood cholesterol and may also help lower blood pressure.
Flaxseeds are rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.
Data on the effect of the concentration and type of flaxseed supplementation on meat FA profiles of indigenous rabbits, as affected by the technological form and concentration of supplementation, are presented in Table V.
Flaxseed oil capsules help you in having a healthy heart.
Studies in animals have concluded that the ALA in omega-3 found in flaxseeds has had an inhibiting effect on growth and incidence in tumors.
Flaxseeds are a nutritionally dense form of food, rich in fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and protein.
Results: Flaxseed oil was observed to restore the hepatic tissue damage caused by the lipofundin administration.
Patient interest in flaxseed and its oil has instigated several laboratory and clinical studies over the past decade or so--as I learned during a recent Google Scholar search.
Flaxseed oil contains omega-9 in the form of oleic acid, but not the GLA (gamma linolenic acid) that can support your skin health and hormonal balance.
Flaxseed oil is a particularly rich source of [alpha]-linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3n-3), a plant-derived n-3 PUFA.
For improvement of nutritional profile, fatty acid composition, the current study was carried out to investigate the dietary responses of flaxseed from 3.5 - 7 %.