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Hormone Balancing Flax Cookies 2.0


If you've been in my world for a while, then you likely know that I've been working to find convenient ways for both myself and my patients to incorporate 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed into our daily routines. Research highlights the significant and diverse health advantages associated with this intake. Scroll to the bottom for study references!

My patients who diligently follow my recommended daily intake also track improvements and even resolution of their symptoms. I try to be like them, but I personally struggle to meet the suggested flaxseed quota. Plus, I have a weakness for cookies! So, I've been experimenting with recipes, and here's my latest version of delicious flax cookies. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup oats
1 cup ground flax seeds (grind refrigerated seeds in a coffee or spice grinder) (6)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried fruit
 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.

  2. Combine nut butters and syrup in a medium bowl.

  3. Add baking soda, salt, and chia seeds. Stir to mix well.

  4. Stir in oats, and then flax.

  5. Mix in chocolate chips and dried fruit

  6. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, distribute 20 cookies on the sheet.

  7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the tops are firm. Allow to cool and enjoy!

 

*Each cookie contains about a tablespoon of flax seed.


Studies on the many different health benefits of flax:

  1. Effects of flaxseed and Hypericum perforatum on hot flash, vaginal atrophy and estrogen-dependent cancers in menopausal women: a systematic review and meta-analysis J Phytomed. May-Jun 2016;6(3):273-83.

  2. The effects of flaxseed on menopausal symptoms and quality of life Holist Nurs Pract. May-Jun 2015;29(3):151-7. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000085.

  3. Pilot evaluation of flaxseed for the management of hot flashes 

  4. Effects of Vitex agnus and Flaxseed on cyclic mastalgia: A randomized controlled trial Complement Ther Med. 2016 Feb;24:90-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.12.009. Epub 2015 Dec 29.

  5. Mastalgia Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2006 Jan;28(1):49-57.doi: 10.1016/S1701-2163(16)32027-8.

  6. Growth and Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, and G2 Production by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus on Ground Flax Seeds (Linum usitatissimum)Food Prot. 2020 Jun 1;83(6):975-983. doi: 10.4315/JFP-19-539.

  7. Potent antihypertensive action of dietary flaxseed in hypertensive patients  Hypertension. 2013 Dec;62(6):1081-9. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.113.02094. Epub 2013 Oct 14.

  8. Flax and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 May;13(3):181-92. doi: 10.1177/1534735413502076. Epub 2013 Sep 8.

  9. The Effect of Flaxseed Supplementation on Hormonal Levels Associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Case Study

  10. Effects of flaxseed and flaxseed oil supplement on serum levels of inflammatory markers, metabolic parameters and severity of disease in patients with ulcerative colitis Complement Ther Med. 2019 Oct;46:36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.07.012. Epub 2019 Jul 19.

  11. The effect of flaxseed supplementation on body weight and body composition: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 45 randomized placebo-controlled trials Obes Rev. 2017 Sep;18(9):1096-1107. doi: 10.1111/obr.12550. Epub 2017 Jun 21.

  12. Flaxseed supplementation on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 25 randomized, placebo-controlled trials Nutr Rev. 2018 Feb 1;76(2):125-139. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nux052.

  13. Flaxseed supplementation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a pilot randomized, open labeled, controlled study  J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Jun;67(4):461-9. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2016.1161011. Epub 2016 Mar 17.

  14. Brown and golden flaxseed reduce intestinal permeability and endotoxemia, and improve the lipid profile in perimenopausal overweight women Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2022 Mar 20;1-12. doi: 10.1080/09637486.2022.2052820. Online ahead of print.

 

Medical Disclaimer:

The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. Please review linked references for scientific support of any claims made.





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