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Study Confirms Soy Isoflavones Reduce Menopausal Hot Flashes
Date:4/4/2012

DECATUR, Ill., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) is pleased to share the results of a new meta-analysis on the effects of soy isoflavones in the alleviation of menopausal hot flashes. The analysis, which was published March 19 by Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, found clear and consistent evidence that soy isoflavone supplements, like NovaSoy brand soy isoflavones, are significantly more effective than placebo in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

"The key finding in this study is that when you limit the analysis to isoflavone supplements derived from soy or those with profiles identical to soy, there is a very consistent effect on hot flash relief," said Mindy S. Kurzer, Ph.D, professor of nutrition at the University of Minnesota, hormone expert and contributing author to the study. "Almost all studies in the meta-analysis show a consistent reduction in hot flash frequency and severity."

The meta-analysis – which is the largest and most comprehensive conducted to date – revealed that ingestion of soy isoflavones for six weeks to 12 months significantly reduced the frequency of hot flashes by more than 20 percent compared with placebo. Soy isoflavones also significantly reduced hot flash severity by more than 26 percent compared with placebo. The analysis found that the decrease in hot flash frequency in longer duration trials (more than 12 weeks) was approximately threefold greater than the decrease in shorter-duration trials.

"For women who are bothered by hot flashes, any reduction in frequency or severity may be welcome – especially if it can be achieved without side effects," said Melissa K. Melby, Ph.D (University of Delaware), hot flash expert and contributing author to the study. "Soy isoflavones appear to be a good first approach to
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