Soy Diet May Ease Menopause
Dr. Dale Prokupek of the Division of Nutrition and Gasteroenterology at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles explains that soy foods contain high concentrations of plant estrogens with powerful hormone-balancing effects.
Prokupek recommends that women over age 40 consume four ounces of soy every day to ensure a healthier, easier change of life. He cited research showing that Japanese women, who regularly consume tofu, soybeans and soy milk rather than animal protein, report markedly fewer menopausal symptoms than American women. Prokupek and other experts contend that -- in certain cases -- a soy diet may provide an alternative to hormone replacement therapy, which remains a prime treatment method for menopausal women.