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News Flash on Hot Flashes: Soy Can Turn Down the Heat
Date:12/18/2007

tion, while most hot flash studies are no more than 12 weeks.

Importantly, no serious adverse effects were reported in the study and isoflavones did not affect the endometrium (the mucous membrane lining the uterus) or the breast. On the basis of the study results, the authors concluded that soy isoflavone supplements are a "safe and effective alternative therapeutic [treatment] for postmenopausal women."

The Women's Health Initiative's abrupt cancellation of their hormone replacement therapy study in 2002 caused many women to seek alternatives to conventional hormone therapy for the alleviation of hot flashes without undesirable side effects. Soyfoods offer an alternative because of their rich isoflavone content. More than 40 trials have examined the ability of either soyfoods or isoflavones to reduce hot flash frequency and/or severity in menopausal women.

According to some estimates, up to 85 percent of menopausal American women experience some level of hot flashes. In addition to relief from menopausal symptoms, findings suggest that soyfoods may help to improve bone and heart health.

The United Soybean Board is comprised of 68 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. For more information on the health benefits of soy and simple recipe suggestions to help add soy to your diet, please visit http://www.soyconnection.com.


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