Flaxseeds For Breast Pain

Flaxseeds For Breast Pain

September 28, 2019 3 By Ewald Bahringer


“Flaxseeds for Breast Pain” A study on the effect of flax seed
ingestion on the menstrual cycle found a tablespoon a day of ground flax
seeds lengthened the luteal phase, meaning flax can delay one’s
next period by about a day, and resulted in fewer anovulatory cycles. These are the same kind of improvements in ovarian function seen in
women eating plant-based diets, a longer luteal phase and
fewer anovulatory cycles, fewer failed ovulations, an indication that vegetarian women
have fewer disturbances in their cycles. In fact those eating vegan in this
study never failed to ovulate at all, similar to women eating daily flax. Since those same hormonal changes
associated with eating plant-based diets seemed to improve premenstrual and
menstrual symptoms such as breast pain, maybe flax seeds would help too. The effects of dietary flaxseed in women with breast pain
associated with their cycles. Although hormone treatments,
such as tamoxifen, may be helpful, they often cause unpleasant side effects
and there may be risks associated with long-term use of hormonal therapy. Dietary flaxseed is therefore
an attractive alternative for controlling these symptoms. So, 116 young women with severe cyclical
mastalgia, severe menstrual breast pain, over a pre-study period of 6 months were
randomized in a double-blind manner to either a muffin containing about
3 and a half tablespoons of flax seed or a placebo muffin and
followed for a few cycles. There was some
placebo muffin effect, but there was a significantly greater
reduction in reported breast pain, breast swelling, and breast
lumpiness in the flaxseed group. It is concluded that
flaxseed is effective in relieving symptoms
of cyclical mastalgia without significant side effects and might be considered an alternative
treatment for cyclical breast pain. But if it works, and there
are only good side effects, why is it an alternative treatment, and
not the primary, first line treatment? Well, the American Congress of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists has not issued treatment guidelines, but the Society of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists of Canada has. They first dispel the myth
that caffeine is to blame or that vitamin E
supplements are helpful. Instead, dietary flaxseed
should be considered as a first-line therapy
for menstrual breast pain, and only then consider
drugs if flax doesn’t work. Oh, and breast pain should not
be treated by use of mastectomy.