Soy isoflavones relieve menopausal symptomsEstrogen replacement therapy is used to relief menopausal symptoms, but is linked with increased cancer risk and other side effects. There is a need to find alternative natural therapies without these risks. Daily intake of soy isoflavones significantly reduces menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women and may also help prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a report published in the March 2002 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Because soy isoflavones exert both estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects depending on the target tissue, their use may not predispose to endometrial cancer as estrogen replacement therapy does.
The authors concluded that a treatment with 100 mg soy isoflavones daily may be a safe and effective alternative therapy for postmenopausal symptoms. An additional benefit is a decrease in LDL cholesterol levels, which suggests a positive effect on heart health.
Source: Benefits of soy isoflavone therapeutic regimen on menopausal symptoms. Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Mar;99(3):389-94.