Posted on: 12.05.2023 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

Ah, the humble flaxseed. Who knew that such a small seed could have such a profound impact on your hormonal health?

As Dr. Lark and I wrote in Hormone Revolution, flaxseed helps women at every stage of hormonal development. For women in the throes of estrogen dominance, premenopause, early menopause, and even perimenopause, flaxseed helps to increase progesterone production while simultaneously flushing excess estrogen from your system. This keeps perimenopause symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding at bay.

For women suffering from signs of menopause like dry skin or a flaky scalp, flaxseed helps to keep skin and tissues soft and supple. Plus, it helps to lubricate those creaky joints that seem to show up out of nowhere.

Given all the amazing things that flaxseed can do for women of all ages, the question remains: How do I manage to get the four to six tablespoons a day I need for optimum hormonal health? The answer is deliciously easy.

I find that breakfast is a great time to get flaxseed. I’ve included my three favorite breakfast ideas for you, as well as an easy lunch and dessert option.

  1. Add four tablespoons to a smoothie. My favorite is to take half a banana, 1 cup of berries, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup fresh spinach, a handful of ice, and your flaxseed. Blend until smooth and drink immediately. The fruit “hides” the spinach, yet you are still getting 2+ servings of fruits and veggies!
  2. Add four tablespoons to oatmeal. I like to “steam microwave” half an apple (diced) and add to a cup of cooked oatmeal. Sprinkle on some cinnamon and your flax and you have a hot meal that just sings of autumn.
  3. Add four tablespoons to scrambled eggs. Yes, to eggs. You’ll have to trust me on this way. It is delicious! Scramble two eggs and add a little goat cheese and dill. Add the flax and mix well. It adds a nutty taste that goes beautifully with the goat cheese and dill.
  4. Add two to three tablespoons to your salad. Start with mixed greens of your choice. Add chopped veggies (I like cucumbers, celery, carrots, and mushrooms). Top with four ounces of chicken or salmon and sprinkle on the flax. Dress with two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of tamari sauce (a wheat-free soy sauce). Presto! A delicious, Asian-inspired salad you’re sure to love.
  5. Sprinkle two tablespoons into plain soy yogurt. Add a dropperful of chocolate raspberry liquid stevia to the yogurt, a handful of raspberries, and top with the flax. It’s reminiscent of a sundae…without the unwanted sugar and excess calories.

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