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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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Objective: To find out the preventive effect of flaxseed oil on the hepatic damage produced by the Lipofundin, a soya-bean based lipid emulsion used in parenteral therapies.
4 mmHg has been associated with a 22% decline of relative risk of cardiovascular mortality and this meta-analysis is showing the flaxseeds could be meaningful in reducing death from cardiovascular disease.
Add ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to smoothies or shakes.
These researchers know it will cost a lot more to add flaxseed to traditional cattle feed.
The ancient Egyptians used flaxseed for nutritional and medicinal purposes about B.
With Newtree roasted almonds, the smoothness of milk chocolate is enlivened by the crispness of the roasted almonds and golden flaxseeds, a natural source of Omega 3.
Flaxseeds contain soluble and insoluble fiber, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which are chemical compounds in plants that act as antioxidants when consumed.
Studies have shown that cancer risks, including the risk for prostate cancer, may be reduced by 30 to 40 percent if people ate a more plant-based diet, which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds - including flaxseed.
Enjoy Blueberry Muffins made with buckwheat flour, cornmeal, ground flaxseeds, or rice flour.
Research suggests that American diets are too rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in baked goods and many grains, and deficient in omega-3s, which are found in flaxseeds and safflower oil.
The ground flaxseeds in Barilla Plus are the highest plant source of Omega-3, an essential fatty acid that promotes heart health.
With their rich nutty favor, flaxseeds, flax meal and flax flour improve the taste of breads, cookies, muffins, biscuits, and cold cereal.