Soy study review confirms decreased hot flashes

A review of nearly 20 studies about the effects of soy foods on hot flashes in women concludes that soy foods work in decreasing them. Mark Messina, executive director of the Soy Nutrition Institute tells Brownfield Ag News, “We’re seeing a very striking connection and I’m really happy to report that. This analysis included 19 studies in total and what we found was that there was a very consistent and clear benefit to consuming isoflavones, which are compounds in soybeans, for the alleviation of menopause-related hot flashes.”

Messina says it takes two servings of soy foods (soy milk, tofu, edamame, soy nuts, for example) each day to see the results. Messina says, “If you consume the equivalent of about two servings of soy foods you will expect about a 50 to 60% reduction in both the severity and frequency of hot flashes.”

While the studies reviewed dealt with soy isoflavone supplements, Messina says he has no doubt that the effects would be the same from eating soyfoods. Isoflavones are plant hormones.

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