Soy for Menopause? New Study Shows It Significantly Reduces Hot Flashes

by Laura Ramirez on January 9, 2012

Soy for menopause – does it really work to reduce hot flashes? Some researchers say no, but in a recent double blind study, after 12 weeks of using a natural S-Equol supplement (an ingredient found in fermented soy), women’s hot flashes were reduced by a whopping 58%. Not only did taking a daily dose of S-Equol significantly reduce the number of hot flashes women experienced, it also reduced the severity when compared to those who were taking a placebo.

This is great news for menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes. Since a common complaint among women who suffer from hot flashes is that they prevent a good night’s sleep, taking S-Equol can also contribute to long term health and longevity since sleep is restorative. In addition, lack of sleep is a factor in depression, so taking this supplement may also elevate your mood and improve your outlook on life.

According to an article published on about the findings from the study on soy for menopause\:

Daily doses of a soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing S-equol significantly improved menopausal symptoms, including significantly reducing hot flash frequency after 12 weeks according to a placebo-controlled study in postmenopausal Japanese women published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health …

“It is believed that S-equol, produced from the isoflavone daidzein during the fermentation of soy germ, interacts with specific estrogen receptors to promote the improvement in menopausal symptoms. Data from this study and other clinical studies, including those done in U.S. women, shows that the supplement SE5-OH containing S-equol may serve as a promising alternative for reducing the frequency of hot flashes and perhaps other menopausal symptoms,” said Belinda H. Jenks, Ph.D., director of Scientific Affairs & Nutrition Education at Pharmavite LLC.

Another interesting result from this study was that women taking S-Equol (also called SE5-OH) reported that their neck and shoulder stiffness was relieved by taking the supplement. For those who suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain, especially those who work long hours on a computer, this is an important extra benefit.

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Soy for menopause can reduce hot flashes significantly.

According to the study results, women who took S-Equol tolerated it well and had no side effects. To get started taking the supplement, simply take 10 mg of soy for menopause (S-Equol) daily.

What do you think about this study? Have you tried S-Equol? If so, what were your results?

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