Women suffering from hot flashes due to menopause might want to stroll down the grocery supplement aisle instead of the drug store.
According to a meta-analysis of 17 previously published studies, researchers found that women, who used soy isoflavone extracts, on average, experienced a 21 percent reduction in hot flashes compared to women who received the placebo treatment. The study results were published in the journal Menopause.
Given the subjective variety of different women’s hormonal experiences, the compelling thing is that almost all of the women showed a “pattern” of the soy supplements working better than a placebo, according to researcher Mark Messina, of Loma Linda University in California. “I feel completely comfortable with recommending (soy isoflavones) to women who want to try them,” said Messina.
The gold standard for treating hot flashes traditionally has been hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – and is now only recommended for severe cases – due to the proven increased risks of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.
Listen to this 1 minute and 4 second video that shows the scientific studies regarding soy and menopause:
Talk to your physician or health care provider before undertaking any new supplement regime, but this could be a Godsend for many women suffering from this condition.
*FDA Required Legal Disclaimer – These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your health care practitioner when beginning to take this or any dietary supplement.
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