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Soy protein may protect menopausal women against bone loss: Study

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Washington D.C.: A recent study has revealed that eating a diet rich in both soy protein and isoflavones can protect menopausal women from bone weakening and osteoporosis.

Women who ate soy had lower levels of a blood protein marker of bone loss, suggesting a reduced risk of osteoporosis.

A stir-fry diet, rich in soy, could protect women from bone weakening and osteoporosis in older women, a new study suggests.

Women become more susceptible to the brittle bone disease after going through the menopause as levels of protective oestrogen fall.

Since soybean foods contain plant chemicals called isoflavones that mimic the hormone, it has been suggested they might combat some effects of the menopause.

To test the theory, 200 women in early menopause were either given a daily supplement containing soy protein with 66 milligrams of isoflavones, or one only containing soy protein for six months.

Women on the soy-plus-isoflavones supplement 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 than those taking soy protein alone.

Lead researcher Dr Thozhukat Sathyapalan, from the University of Hull, […]