Soy and Menopause Symptoms: Good For Clogged Arteries?

by Laura Ramirez on September 24, 2011

Soy and menopause symptoms have been in the news a lot recently, primarily because soy has been discredited as an effective dietary supplement to relieve hot flashes, but don’t stop eating soy … at least, not just yet. A new study has shown that soy protein may have an even more important health benefit: it slows the progression of clogged arteries that lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and even death in post menopausal women.

Another important benefit of consuming soy is that it can increase good cholesterol (the kind that repairs your arteries). For these two reasons alone, you may want to continue consuming soy or start including it in your diet.

Here’s an excerpt from an article about the research done on soy and the progression of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries):

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Soy and menopause symptoms: consuming soy may protect the heart and slow the progression of clogged arteries.

“These results are consistent with what we have learned through research conducted over the past decade,” said Howard N. Hodis, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “The literature demonstrates that there is a ‘window of opportunity’ of a potential beneficial effect on coronary heart disease for products that bind to the estrogen receptor including hormone-replacement therapy, soybean isoflavones or selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) when initiated in women within 5-6 years of menopause.”

The progression rate of carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) trended to be 16 percent lower on average in the isoflavone-containing soy protein group compared with the placebo group. However, in women who had experienced menopause within the past five years, isolated soy protein consumption was associated with a significant 68 percent reduction in CIMT progression compared to those consuming the placebo.

This study followed 350 post menopausal women between the ages of 45-92 for a period of 5 years in order to arrive at its results. None of the women who participated in the study had diabetes which is the number one risk factor for heart disease, in fact, overall, the women were considered quite healthy. This is the longest and largest study to this point on the effects of soy protein in the diet on athersclerosis.

Soy and menopause symptoms: are you a long time believer in the benefits of soy protein? If so, please share how soy has helped relieve your symptoms.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez.

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