Soy is Among 'Most Promising' Remedies for Women Suffering From Menopausal Discomfort, Report Says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- More recommendations for intake of soyfoods by women are being made by health specialists in the wake of recent findings from the Women's Health Initiative warning against hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The Johns Hopkins medical letter, Health After 50, has addressed "easing through menopause without HRT" in depth in its November edition.

Soy appears to be one of the most promising remedies to overcome menopausal discomfort, the publication reported. Citing a report issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Johns Hopkins medical letter pointed out that dietary soy "is a staple in Asia" and has been proposed as "one reason for the lower rate of perimenopausal symptoms reported by Asian women."

Soyfoods "contain isoflavones, substances that have weak estrogen-like effects," the publication said.

"According to a report issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists," it said, "soy appears to be among the most promising of these remedies." The recommendation of soy was based on dietary intake.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the North American Menopause Society has found that 30 percent of the survey's respondents said they have used herbs or supplements to overcome perimenopausal discomfort.

In addition to soy, other plant-based products found somewhat promising for relieving mild to moderate discomfort were black cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, and St. John's wort, a shrubby perennial with yellow flowers, the Johns Hopkins medical letter said.

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