By TNT Bureau
Jan 11, 2017: A new study says that soy contains substances that help check bone loss and can protect against osteoporosis in women over 50. As women get older and go through the stage of menopause, they experience a drop in hormone oestrogen that protects against bone loss. This makes them susceptible to osteoporosis.
A team of researchers from the University of Hull in the UK has concluded that a soy protein rich diet and isoflavones (plant substances which act in a similar way in the body to oestrogen) provides protection from bone weakening during menopause.
The study involved 200 women in their early menopause. Over 6 months, they were each given either a daily supplement containing soy protein with 66mg of isoflavones, or one only containing soy protein. The researchers then observed the condition all of the subjects’ bones by measuring the levels of 2 proteins in their blood. The results indicated that the group of women who took the soy protein with isoflavones had lower levels of one of the 2 proteins, suggesting a slowdown in the rate of bone loss and in osteoporosis. Researchers also noted that these women had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease than the group of women who took only soy protein. They found that soy protein and isoflavones are a safe and effective option for improving bone health in women during early menopause. However, the effects of this supplement remains to be tested on a larger group and over the longer term.