Soy and menopause.
Women experience a marked increase in the rate of bone loss in the years immediately after menopause. Soy protein appears to help to maintain bones, especially in women who are not using hormone replacement therapy (Arjmandi). Soyfoods and isoflavones may also reduce the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women. Messina and Hughes recommend that women with frequent hot flushes try using soyfoods or isoflavone supplements that provide around 50 milligrams of isoflavones per day. They recommend an upper limit of 100 milligrams of isoflavones per day.
Messina M, Hughes C. 2003. Efficacy of soyfoods and soybean isoflavone supplements for alleviating menopausal symptoms is positively related to initial hot flush frequency. J Medicinal Food 6:1-11.
Arjmandi BH, Khalil DA, Smith BJ, et al. 2003. Soy protein has a greater effect on bone in postmenopausal women not on hormone replacement therapy, as evidenced by reducing bone resorption and urinary calcium excretion. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 88:1048-54.
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|Title Annotation:||Scientific update: a review of recent scientific papers related to vegetarianism|
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2003|
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