- Women's Health
Soy Prevents Weight Gain After Menopause!
Weight Gain & Menopause: The Facts!
An unfortunate side effect of menopause may be unwanted weight gain. No one needs extra pounds that are unhealthy and unsightly. Now there may be a natural way to control this unwanted weight gain!
One of the reasons for this weight gain may be the decline in the hormone, estrogen, which occurs during menopause. It may also be the reason that women gain more abdominal fat, which is dangerous to their health, after menopause takes place.
Many women decline hormone replacement therapy and for good reason, with its increased risk of breast cancer, etc. but now there may be an alternative.
Soy Acts Like Estrogen, Naturally!
Wait till you hear this! Soy phytoestrogens* such as isoflavone** are structurally similar to estrogen! Knowing this, researchers wanted to test the effects of soy and weight gain in the laboratory, using lab rats.
The results were astounding! The lab animals that received diets rich in soy isoflavones had less weight gain than those who didn't. The secret was greater "heat production" and "activity" in the animals who received soy isoflavones.
Dr. Murphy, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, and her fellow researchers conducted the study. The results were presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), in Pittsburgh.
* Phytoestrogens are naturally-occurring plant chemicals that can act like the estrogen, when plant foods are consumed that contain high levels of phytoestrogens, i.e. soy!
** Isoflavones: Water-soluble chemicals found in many plants, including a group that are phytoestrogens. Genistein and daidzein are the isoflavones found in soy products.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
Dr. Murphy adds, "These results have implications for the development of alternative natural treatments for obesity in post-menopausal women... In this world of an ever-increasing obesity epidemic, finding natural dietary solutions and treatments to combat obesity are of the utmost importance both to worldwide health and economy."
And I couldn't agree more!
The animals in the study were fed diets rich in soy isoflavones, not supplements! So do your research and find the foods that you need to add to your diet.
You can also supplement with soy, but soy supplements are NOT created equal. If you decide to supplement with soy, make sure that its high in genistein and daidzein; that's what counts!
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.