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Benefits of Soy Isoflavones


Watching the Dr. Oz show again, he spoke wonders about the benefits of Soy Isoflavones!

Benefits

Consuming soy on a daily basis has been shown to affect cholesterol levels in women. According to NCCAM, soy has been shown to help lower cholesterol, specifically low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol levels in both men and women. The American Diabetes Association also notes that using soy products to replace foods high in saturated fat can help lower cholesterol levels.

Considerations

The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, notes that consuming soy products may reduce a woman’s risk for osteoporosis, certain types of cancers and symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes. However, NCCAM notes that study results have been inconsistent regarding soy and menopause-related hot flashes, and not enough evidence exists to recommend soy for health benefits other than lowering

Concerns

The safety of consuming soy isoflavone supplements over a long period of time has not been established. Women with hormone-related health conditions or certain types of cancer should use caution when consuming large amounts of soy isoflavones.

Recommendations 

Soy may be recommended for women in certain circumstances. Soy proteins are high-quality proteins that can replace other animal-based protein sources such as high-fat meats or dairy products. Soy proteins are a healthy choice for vegetarian women. In women who are lactose intolerant, soy milk is typically tolerated better than cow’s milk.

Expert Insight

Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels can reduce your risk for heart disease. Because consuming soy can help reduce your cholesterol levels, the NIH recommends consuming 25 grams of soy protein each day, in addition to limiting dietary saturated fat and cholesterol, to help reduce your risk for heart.

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