Taking Soy Supplements during Menopause not of much help

Dealing with menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings has led women to try different alternatives. Till a few years back, hormonal replacement therapy was much sought after. However, a number of studies came out which raised several health concerns about the use of hormonal replacement therapy. This sent many a women to look out for other healthier alternatives with fewer side effects. Soy supplements have emerged as one such alternative. But a recent study, published in the journal Menopause has cast doubt on the efficacy of soy supplements in relieving menopausal symptoms.

In the study, which was led by Dr. Paula Amato from the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, hundreds of women were asked to take soy supplements thrice a day for two years. All these women were above the age of fifty and more than six years into menopause. 126 of the women were given a placebo, while 135 women had soy supplement as tablets containing 80 milligrams of soy extract. 123 women took 120 mg of soy extract every-day.

The women were asked to fill up questionnaires about the menopausal symptoms and their overall quality of life, both at the start of the study and after two years. The researchers observed that all the three groups scored more or less similarly. Therefore, they have opined that taking soy supplements does not have any profound effect on the frequency or intensity of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. The quality of life remains almost the same irrespective of whether one has taken a soy supplement or not.

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Monday, December 17, 2012