Flaxseed contains the entire range of essential amino acids in an easily assimilated form. It also contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc; is an excellent source of phytoestrogens; and is high in fiber, which promotes healthy bowel function. In addition, flaxseed is 100 times richer in lignans (part of the seeds cellular structure) than any other plant. Lignans reduce production of estrogen before menopause and help balance your hormones during and after menopause. This, in turn, can provide menopause relief.
A study published in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association showed that taking 38 grams (about four tablespoons) of ground flaxseed daily significantly reduced the rate of bone loss in post-menopausal women not on hormone replacement therapy.
An added bonus is that the fatty acids in such products as flax and pumpkinseed oil make hair shiny. So with flaxseed, youll not only feel better, youll look better, too! Take 4 to 6 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily. If you prefer flaxseed oil, take 1 to 3 tablespoons daily.