Benefits of Soy: A Mixed Bag
Soy appears to help midlife women deal with hot flashes and night sweats, according to a new report.
However, the evidence for other potential benefits of soy -- such as effects on heart and bone health -- is not clear, a panel of experts has concluded.
''It gets a good score for [menopausal] symptoms," says researcher Wulf Utian, MD, PhD, ScD, a consultant in women's health and executive director emeritus of the North American Menopause Society. ''But the data is really not strong to give a high score for any of the rest."
With a working group of experts in the field, Utian combed through evidence during a two-day symposium in late 2010 to evaluate the health benefits of soy for women at midlife.