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Soyfoods a Healthy Choice for Men
Date:6/11/2009

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- June is Men's Health Month, a perfect time to summarize the science showing that soyfoods -- from tofu, soymilk, edamame, soy yogurt and frozen dairy-free soy treats to non-meat alternatives, soy nuts, soy nut butter, and/or cereals and bars with soy -- promote the health of men by helping to protect against prostate cancer, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and aide in weight management.

"Today more than ever before, the science is clear: a large body of research documents important health benefits for men who consume soyfoods and does not conclusively find any negative effects on male fertility or erectile function," said Nancy Chapman, RD, MPH, Executive Director of the Soyfoods Association of North America.

The weight of scientific evidence examining how soy affects men's health continues to show soy intake has no effect on erectile function, testosterone levels, reproductive hormones, sperm motility, or sperm quality. This evidence includes a large body of U.S. government and National Institute of Health-sponsored human and primate research, in which controlled amounts of isoflavones from soy were fed and no effect on quantity, quality or motility of sperm were observed. In fact, a small-scale, preliminary study by Dr. Jorge Chavarro (1) found that "soyfood and soy isoflavone intakes were unrelated to total sperm count, ejaculate volume, sperm motility, or sperm morphology," which are the important measures of sperm quality and male infertility.

Misperceptions have developed regarding the estrogen-mimicking phytoestrogens and several men's health problems, including erectile dysfunction (ED). According to the American Urological Association Foundation, there is no association between soyfoods and ED. Rather, the causes of this condition include damage to nerves, muscle, or tissue; lifestyle choices including smoking and being overweig
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