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Nutr Hosp. 2017 Oct 15;34(Suppl 4):36-40. doi: 10.20960/nh.1569.

Benefits of soy in women's health

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A great interest has been developed last decades on the role of phytoestrogens as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. In fact, numerous studies have shown the effects of soy isoflavones on climacteric symptomatology by significantly reducing the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, as well on cardiovascular health. The aim of this paper was to review the last studies, mainly randomized controlled trials, on the effect of isoflavones on climacteric symptoms and their impact on women's quality of life, as well as on other health markers. Following a review of meta-analyzes and recent clinical trials, evidence has been obtained of the efficacy of isoflavones use in reducing hot flashes, improving the quality of life, lowering the cardiovascular risk by optimizing lipid profile, and Improving bone mineral density and other markers of bone resorption. Most of the authors concluded on the favorable effect of regular consumption of soy isoflavones on the health and quality of life of peri and postmenopausal women.

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