Soy has osteoporosis benefits – Hull study

Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull academics claim a soy-rich diet can protect women from bone weakening and osteoporosis after the menopause.

The team at the University of Hull found soy protein and isoflavones – plant chemicals found in soybean foods that mimic oestrogen – are a safe and effective option for improving bone health in older women.

Lead researcher Dr Thozhukat Sathyapalan says the actions of soy appear to be similar to that of conventional osteoporosis drugs.

A total of 200 women in early menopause were either given a daily supplement containing soy protein with 66 milligrams of isoflavones – the equivalent to eating an oriental diet – or one only containing soy protein for six months.

In comparison, the average Western diet contains around 2mg to 16mg of isoflavones.

Women on the soy-plus-isoflavones supplements had significantly lower levels of a blood protein marker of bone loss, suggesting a reduced risk of osteoporosis. They also had less risk of heart disease.

Dr Sathyapalan claims supplementing food with isoflavones could lead to a significant decrease in the number of women being diagnosed with osteoporosis.

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Published: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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