Soy for Menopause Symptoms – Works Great for Hot Flashes

by Laura Ramirez on September 6, 2011

Thinking about taking soy for menopause symptoms? What is the truth about this long studied supplement … does it work or not? In the last few months, the results from a study questioned whether this long-touted isoflavone did anything at all, but the fact of the matter is there is plenty of research that shows that soy does help with certain menopausal symptoms, specifically, those related to vasodilator issues, such as night flashes, chills and hot flashes. It has also been shown to improve heart health.

What women have to realize is that no single natural remedy is going to help with all the possible symptoms of menopause that women may experience. This is why if you intend to go the natural route (without using synthetic or even bio identical hormone replacement therapy), it is essential to list out your symptoms and find supplements that work for each one. If you’re following current research about which nutrients do or do not work for symptoms, make sure to find out who funded the study. In many cases, the big money behind these studies is provided by pharmaceutical companies, whose executives want you on their products because this means you will be a source of income for their stockholders for anywhere from 5-10 years depending upon how long you suffer from symptoms.

A recent meeting of physicians had this to say about the body of research that supports the use of soy for menopause symptoms:

“Although a significant amount of scientific research about soy and soy isoflavones exists, the adoption of soy isoflavones into the care of women in menopause has to date been recommended mainly by physicians and health care practitioners involved in integrative medicine. We believed that facilitating a robust review of the current scientific evidence about the benefits and risks of soy could yield a document useful to physicians to help them make decisions about soy use with their patients, particularly those in menopause,” said Belinda H. Jenks, Ph.D., director of Scientific Affairs & Nutrition Education at Pharmavite LLC. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Pharmavite LLC and the Allmen Foundation supported the development of the symposium and report via an unrestricted educational grant.

The report focuses on a review of soy’s mechanism of action and processing within the body (bioavailability and pharmacokinetics), as well as on several therapeutic areas, concluding that use of soy isoflavones for hot flashes is reasonable.

soy for menopause symptoms

Soy for menopause symptoms does work to relieve hot flashes and provide other health benefits.

It’s important to note that soy has other benefits besides relieving those symptoms associated with regulating body temperature—it has also been shown to protect against breast cancer and endometrial cancer. It has also been associated with improved brain functioning especially in the area of cognition and memory. Soy works because it binds itself to estrogen receptors. Soy isoflavones include genistein, daidzein and glycetein. Not all foods contain equal amounts of these isoflavones which is why it may be important for women to take a soy supplement.

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Have you used soy for menopause symptoms? If so, what was your experience? Which symptoms did it relieve? Would you recommend it to other women?

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