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The Benefits of Flaxseed for Menopause Symptoms (And 3 Smoothie Recipes)

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Looking for a natural way to boost your nutrient intake to ease menopause symptoms?Well, try adding flaxseeds to your daily smoothie. These deliciously dreamy and refreshing smoothies are brimming with flaxseed to help you power through menopausal health woes effortlessly!

How Flaxseed Encourages Healthy Aging

  • Reduces bladder leaks: A daily dose of flaxseed can help ward off embarrassing bladder troubles, report investigators from Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. That’s because they’re rich in lignans, compounds that nourish and strengthen muscles that control the bladder — an effect that’s been shown to reduce the risk of leaks by 35 percent.
  • Slows hair loss: Enjoying flaxseed is a proven way to prevent the breakdown of testosterone, which stops hair loss in its tracks for nine out of 10 women. What’s more, flaxseed’s omega-3 fatty acids spur growth of new, healthy hair, leaving 62 percent of women with thicker hair.
  • Banishes hot flashes: Sipping a flaxseed-packed smoothie can steady hormonal swings, easing menopause symptoms. Mayo Clinic researchers discovered that adding 2 1⁄2 tablespoons to your daily diet can reduce the risk of menopause bothers like hot flashes, fatigue, and weight gain by 56 percent. (Click through to see 9 more foods that fight hot flashes.)

Spinach Banana Power-Up

Spinach Banana Power-Up
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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients with one cup water. Divide among 2 glasses. Makes 2 servings.

Peanut Butter Berry Blast

Peanut Butter Berry Blast
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1⁄4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients with one cup ice. Divide among 2 glasses. Makes 2 servings.

Cherry Mango Marvel

Cherry Mango Marvel
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mango chunks
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1⁄4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed

Directions:

In blender, puree all ingredients with one cup ice until smooth. Divide evenly among 2 glasses. Makes 2 servings.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

This content is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always consult your physician before pursuing any treatment plan.

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