Minneapolis, MN - Acatris USA Inc., along with Acatris Holding B.V., Giessen, The Netherlands, assures menopausal women that continued use of SoyLife® soy isoflavones is safe and provides information on navigating menopause naturally.
Researchers from the Women’s Health Initiative have prematurely stopped a clinical trial of the risks and benefits of combined hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women due to an increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. Fall out from this action has former HRT users seeking alternative treatments for menopause-related conditions. In Western countries, menopause may be accompanied with hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and vaginal dryness while post-menopause is noted for its increase in cardiovascular disease risk and osteoporosis risk. Soy has been researched as a possible nutrition intervention for women going through menopause as well as post-menopausal.
Says Marian Verbruggen, Ph.D., R& D Director of Acatris Holding BV, makers of SoyLife, "We have conducted research with menopausal women experiencing hot flashes not on HRT or ERT, but instead, supplemented with 30 mg of SoyLife soy isoflavones twice a day and found a significant 30% reduction in the average number of hot flushes per week. If women are going to be discontinuing the use of HRT in light of the recent Women's Health Initiative study, I would recommend they consider SoyLife found in either food products or supplements along with a healthy diet, exercise, and cessation of tobacco use."
Additionally, Acatris’ SoyLife ingredient will be the focus of an upcoming $4.5 million USDA funded women’s healthy study conducted by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, where it will be tested for its safety as well as efficacy in preventing bone loss.
Women seeking options to HRT have a wealth of resources available to them. Good old fashioned good nutrition with a dose of exercise and well-selected supplements can do wonders to help women manage not only the symptoms of menopause, but disease risk.
- While HRT was promoted to reduce the risk of heart disease, a heart healthy diet is better able to do the trick. Choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, omega-3 rich foods like salmon and flax, foods high in B12 and folic acid, at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and a fiber-rich diet of whole grains for optimal heart health.
- Soyfoods, which are rich in soy protein and isoflavones, have been scientifically researched for their ability to lower cholesterol levels. In October 1999, foods containing soy protein were issued a heart health claim by the FDA.
- Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D help prevent osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women should seek 1200 mg of calcium, or approximately four to five servings of lowfat dairy or calcium/vitamin D-enriched foods daily. Calcium supplements are recommended for those unable to consume this amount. Also, choose foods rich in vitamin C like orange juice, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and tomato juice to help build collagen in bone.
- Exercise such as walking helps to maintain bone mass, regulate body weight, maintain muscle mass, and increase the good cholesterol (HDLs). Health professionals recommend moderate exercise three to five times a week for a total of 30 minutes a day.
- Some women find that hot flashes may be regulated with soy isoflavones and/or black cohosh. Choose soy isoflavone supplements with the ingredient label “soy germ” because not only will the supplement contain isoflavones, but also soy protein, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, folic acid and other nutrients naturally found in soy. Black cohosh can be taken in tablet or tincture form.
- Sleepless nights can be eased with good sleep hygiene (going to bed at the same time and rising at the same time in a dark, well ventilated, cool sleep environment) and dietary supplements.
- Discontinue the use of tobacco and smoking
- Limit the overall intake of high fat, sugary foods.
For more information on SoyLife research contact:
(USA) Laurent Leduc, Vice President and General Manager, P: 952-920-7700, E: [email protected];
(Canada) Vern Wilson, General Manager P: 905-829-2414, E: [email protected];
(Europe) Petra DeWit, Marketing Communications Manager P: 31-183-446-435, E: [email protected]