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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]


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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A 1-ounce serving of whole flaxseed contains 150 calories, 7.6 grams of fiber and 6.4 grams of omega-3 fats.
A diet that includes flaxseed may also help regulate blood glucose and relieve constipation.
Flaxseeds are also gluten-free and flaxseed meal can be used in as an egg substitute when baking for vegans; and
Material and Methods: Experimental study has been performed to study the effect of flaxseed oil on the lipofundin induced hepatotoxicity.
Some of the studies had a small number of and lack of homogeneity in participants, and a variety of dosages, forms, and even kind of flaxseeds used (i.e., brown or golden).
In addition to its culinary use, flaxseed was believed to alleviate numerous health ailments such as constipation and respiratory infections.
They discovered that they could boost the omega-3 content of eggs by adding flaxseeds to their chickens' feed.
Omega-3 sources include flaxseeds and flax oil, walnuts, and salmon, caviar, sardines, cod and other cold-water fish.
Children (2-12 years): 1 teaspoonful (tsp) daily of ground flaxseeds, or 1 tsp of fresh flaxseed oil for constipation.
It must be made with vacuum-packed flaxseeds or flaxseeds that
Belgian company Newtree is delighted to introduce its three latest creations, Newtree intense milk chocolate with Bourbon vanilla; Newtree dark biscuit with golden flaxseeds; and Newtree milk chocolate with roasted almonds and golden flaxseeds.
Q In the past couple of years I've noticed that flaxseed has become part of many different foods, from frozen waffles to pasta.