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Nutritional Wisdom: Don't fall for myths about soy

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Soy is the subject of some of the worst health misinformation on the Internet. We need to tune out this misinformation and follow the science. Greater intake of soy foods is linked to a decrease in the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) called isoflavones, which are said to be weak estrogens, but itís actually more complicated than that. Isoflavones have both estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects. The evidence suggests that, because of their complex relationship with different estrogen receptors, soy isoflavones have beneficial anti-estrogenic effects in breast tissue while also having beneficial estrogen-mimicking effects in bone tissue.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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