Interested in cooling down hot flashes? You’ve probably heard that soy foods do the trick, but many experts say the evidence for them is uncertain. However, in a new study published in the journal Menopause, soy extract came through with flying colors.
Thirty-nine women were given 70-milligram doses of a supplement that contains genistein and daidzein. These are isoflavones, believed to be soy’s main wonder-working ingredients. By week four, the women saw a 38% reduction in the frequency of their hot flashes. By week eight, the percentage went down to 51%, and by the sixteenth week, a full 61% of the women felt their heat spells lift.
(Source: Alternative Medicine Magazine, Jan/Feb 2003)