Soy: A Functional Fertility Food

Soy-based food products have been accused of interfering with fertility. Researchers have now found that eggs from women involved in advanced fertility techniques had higher fertilization rates. Clinical pregnancy was 11% higher and live birth rates were 13% higher for those consuming soy foods compared to age-matched controls. These findings go one step further in supporting…

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Soy Safe in Men with Low Testosterone

There has been some concern that use of soy products might lower male testosterone levels due to the phytoestrogens mimicking testosterone in the body. However, researchers reported a randomized trial where men 55-70 years old with low testosterone levels ate soy protein bars with or without soy phytoestrogens. Results demonstrated there was no risk and in fact…

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Soy Food Intake Appears Protective for Endometrial and Ovarian Cancer

A meta-analysis of five published studies on soy food intake and risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers revealed that those women who consumed the highest amounts of soy had the lowest risk of these cancers. More than 169,000 women from China, Italy, Japan and the U.S. were included in the studies. It is postulated that the soy…

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Good News for Soy Lovers with Breast Cancer

Phytoestrogens found in soy foods are thought to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. However, there has been some concern that the estrogen-like effects of soy isoflavones might not be good for breast cancer patients. In a study of over 5000 female breast cancer survivors in China, those who consumed the most tofu,…

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