If you read anything about flaxseeds on the internet, your local mag or hear about it on TV, they generally boast about the wonderful benefits of flaxseeds. Flaxseeds contain high amounts of omega 3 oils, which by that very element would be incredibly beneficial for many of us. A food or source containing high amounts of omega 3 will reduce inflammation and maintain good heart health.
The other key benefit of flaxseeds is that they contain roughage, which is never a bad thing when our digestion can often be in more of an up and down state!
So, why am I not recommending flaxseeds for Endometriosis? I mean, these sound like great benefits for us Endo women!
The third element found in flaxseeds is the one that concerns me. Flaxseeds contain high amounts of natural lignans or plant oestrogens. They are far higher than in most of our foods (many foods contain plant oestrogens). I have personally always believed that women with Endometriosis should avoid any plant or supplement that has high amounts of plant oestrogens.
Here are a few more insights on flaxseeds and how they relate specifically to Endometriosis:
- Altering menstrual period: One study reported that our menstrual period may in fact be altered by taking flaxseed powder on a daily basis.
- Hormone sensitive warnings: A number of websites indicate that flaxseeds should be taken with caution with any condition that is hormonally sensitive, and that ladies, includes us! They definitely have an effect on our hormone levels and I am just averse to messing with these! This can also be very dangerous with pregnancies.
- Effects on menopausal women: There have been studies that indicate flaxseeds to be beneficial for women during menopause and unfortunately, those benefits tend to simply used for women with Endometriosis. They are very different conditions and there are other factors involved with Endometriosis women.
- Flaxseeds may increase the risk of bleeding when combined with certain drugs or medications. One of the key ones here is ibuprofen, which many of us ladies use for Endometriosis. (Wellness) (Oilypedia)
Now, I can see that flaxseeds do boast amazing health benefits and they have been used for thousands of years. I also find that as a society, we tend to perceive something as healthy and then “have too much of a good thing” and tend to overeat on that food group. Flaxseeds are often recommended for women with Endometriosis for those very anti-inflammatory and omega 3 benefits but they are often recommended to be taken daily.
Personally, I am edging more on the side of caution when it comes to taking flaxseeds with Endometriosis. There are plenty of other food sources that can provide very similar healing benefits and I am not keen to risk the potential hormonal imbalance flaxseeds might bring with them.
How about you? Have you ever eaten flaxseeds in large doses? Do you find them beneficial for Endometriosis?
I would love to hear your experiences……