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Does flax seed eliminate or lessen PMS?

Asked by Evelyn_475 (787 points ) November 4th, 2010

I heard that women who flax seed to their diets have almost nonexistent emotional/ mood issues associated with PMS. Can any lady out there vouch for this?

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faye's avatar

I’ve never heard that of flax but Evening primrose oil capsules sure helped me.

marinelife's avatar

This site says it can: “According to the studies of prominent researchers of fats like Drs. William Connor, Donald Rudin, David Horrobin, Barry Sears, Udo Erasmus and Edward Siguel, essential fatty acids (Omega-3 in flax) has proven effective in alleviating 90 percent of premenstrual tensions and discomfort.”

It is essentially a selling site so I would follow up on the studies it mentions individually.

gailcalled's avatar

Taking a T of ground flax seed (I use a little Krups coffee grinder) daily is good for almost everything and does no harm. Try it.

Use in scrambled eggs, cold cereal, oatmeal, salad dressing, soups…probably even on ice cream if you want to.

Joybird's avatar

Omega -3 fatty acids are recommended to help decrease moods swings and so would be helpful with PMS. Flax seed oil is often prescribed because it is broken down in the body into Omega 3’s but it gives an added benefit of helping decrease dry eye before it is broken down and absorbed. I can’t remember the exact ingredient that is in Flax seed oil but it isn’t in Omega three fatty acids.There are other benefits to taking Omega-3’s and Flax seed oil. It reduces risks of diabetes, heart disease and several cancers as well.

barbinski's avatar

You can digest the mucilage (outer coating of the seed) which does have some health benefits however the omega 3 fatty acids lie inside the seed coat, therefore it’s good to crush the seeds before consumption. You may also want try St John’s Wort to ease depression symptoms associated with PMS. A recent Bastyr study indicated the herbal supplement was as effective at treating depression as Zoloft.

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