Soy For Menopause Symptoms – Effective or Not?

by Laura Ramirez on August 9, 2011

Soy for menopause symptoms has long been touted by the media as a natural way to relieve hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and prevent bone loss. However, a recent study takes issue with this claim and says that soy does not prevent bone loss or provide relief for common menopausal symptoms. ᅠ

This study took place over a period of 5 years and provided women with twice the daily intake of soy isoflavones as the highest content food in a typical Asian diet which is 200 mg per day. The age range of the women who participated in the study was from 45 – 60 years old. This was a placebo-controlled study that showed no significant difference in bone mineral density from women who took the soy versus those who were given a placebo.

According to a report in the August 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, soy isoflavone tablets do not seem to have any effect on bone loss or menopausal symptoms in women within the first five years of menopause.

Findings from the Women’s Health Initiative however suggest, that the overall risks outweigh the benefits resulting in most menopausal women choosing to forego estrogen therapy in order to find other alternatives. One of the alternatives suggested in providing comparable benefits to estrogen without the risks are soy-derived products….

Additionally, the study found that women who took the soy actually had a higher number of hot flashes than the women who took the placebo. In addition to this, women taking the soy isoflavone supplement also reported problems with constipation.

The study concludes that women should be taking estrogen therapy in the form of an estrogen cream, patch or pellets which have been scientifically proven to be effective against bone loss and to relieve other menopause symptoms, rather than wasting their time taking soy.

Source Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz

It is important to supplement with estrogen as soon as you notice symptoms because if your body becomes too depleted in estrogen as a recent study has shown, you lose estrogen receptors in the brain.

Do you use soy for menopause symptoms? If so, which of your symptoms does it seem to relieve? Please leave your comments, tips and stories below.

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