Volunteers needed to help with University flax study

The Hugh Sinclair human nutrition group at Reading University are looking for healthy postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 70 to help them study the effect of flax seeds on bone and gut health.

Study co-ordinator Halah Hafiz said that they already had 15 out of the required 44 volunteers for the project. Applicants will need to fill out a questionnaire at an initial screening visit, and university staff will then measure volunteers’ body mass index (BMI). Staff will take blood, stool and urine samples from successful applicants.

Volunteers will need to eat a specially provided flax flapjack every day for twelve weeks, and give further blood, stool and urine samples on occasion. Volunteers will receive up to £110 for their time and effort if they complete the full course.

If you are interested in volunteering, then phone the nutrition group on 0118 378 7771 or email them at nutritionvolunteers@reading.ac.uk


  1. University of Reading Hugh Sinclair human nutrition group
  2. Human nutrition group volunteer area