Soybeans Could Help Ease Menopausal Symptoms

by Dr Jonathan D'Souza

Soybeans (Glycine max) are a type of legume native to eastern Asia. They have been an important part of Asian diet for thousands of years and are among the best sources of plant-based protein. One serving of tofu provides 373mg of calcium, more than a glass of milk.

Being low in carbs, whole soybeans have a low glycemic index (do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels). They also contain a fair amount of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Consumption of soy protein can cause a modest decrease in cholesterol levels.[1,2,3Observational studies have found that consumption of soy products could reduce the risk of breast cancer.[4,5]

Soybeans For Relief From Menopausal Symptoms
Menopause is the phase in a woman's life when menstruation halts. Mood swingshot flashes, and sweating are some of the unpleasant symptoms caused by a reduction in estrogen levels.

Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring plant nutrients that have a natural estrogen-like action within the body. According to a study published in the journal Menopause, nearly half the women who ate a diet rich in phytoestrogens such as soybeans had decreased menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Studies suggest that isoflavones, a family of phytoestrogens in soybeans, could alleviate the menopausal symptoms.[6,7While hormone replacement therapy is conventionally used for treating menopausal symptoms, isoflavone supplements prepared from soybeans are now widely used as an alternative treatment.[8]

How To Incorporate Soy Into Your Diet
Drinking a glass of soy milk twice daily or eating half a cup of tofu every alternate day can provide relief from menopausal symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, anxiety and hot flashes.

Here are some soy recipes you can try.

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