Scientists: Soy Reduces Menopause Symptoms

TOKYO, July 10 (UPI) — Soy sauce could reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness and bone loss, Japanese scientists say.

The researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo say they found soy sauce — made from soya beans — contains a natural compound that cuts production of oestrogen, a hormone that contributes to menopausal problems, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

In the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the researchers said soy could become an alternative to hormone-replacement therapy to treat menopausal discomfort and possibly bone loss.

The institute researchers say women who consumed soy produced a chemical called S-equol, which halted bone loss and fat accumulation in women early in menopause.

The researchers say after taking a soy-based supplement containing S-equol for only three months, women suffered fewer menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and neck and shoulder stiffness.

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