Vine Vera on Menopause: The Benefits of Soy

Menopausal woman drinking soy milk for her healthSoy originated in Eastern China in or around 1100 B.C. Since that time, soy has become one of the major players in the import/export trade from various countries around the world – with the US topping the chart.

Soy has long been used in many medicinal practices and for food grade use. From bean form, to oil form and more, soy has made a lasting impression on the medical and health industries alike. You may be wondering about the benefits of soy for a menopausal diet. The good news is that soy has been proven to work to relieve menopause symptoms, and help you regain normalcy and quality of life.

Soy, when consumed in any form, has isoflavones.  Isoflavones are plant based phytoestrogens, which are plant based estrogen products that the body can use to mimic real estrogen. Because you can obtain them through healthy soy containing foods, this is the most beneficial way to get your estrogen supplement the natural way.

Estrogen is a major player in a woman’s body. Without it, everything goes haywire. During menopause, a woman is subjected to lower levels of the estrogen hormone, and higher levels of testosterone, the male hormone. Many women are not aware that the female anatomy also contains testosterone; however it is a fact that we as women have testosterone as well as men, just in a much lower concentration. When menopause arrives, the testosterone levels rise, which is generally problematic for most women.

Soy can help curb hot flashes due to its ability to provide a pseudo form of estrogen. The estrogen regulation is what allows your body to feel a sense of normalcy, and alleviate the intense heat the hot flashes bring.  Below, you can find a chart detailing the types of foods you can find soy in, and just how much is in each product.

Chart showing isoflavin content of various foods

Soy is also responsible for warding off osteoporosis, which usually develops around the time of menopause. The benefits of soy have been talked about in various magazines, publications, and medical articles for quite some time now.

They have also been getting increasingly popular in terms of mixed opinions from different sources. Some believe the phytoestrogens and isoflavones are capable of causing cancer, however, there is not enough evidence to support the claims.

Incorporating soy into your daily menopausal diet is something to consider. It’s estrogen in a very natural form will allow you to become a healthier, happier you – and ultimately, that’s all that really matters.

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