Scientific research continues to demonstrate the potential benefits that a diet that includes soy protein products might have for a woman’s health. Among them, scientific studies report that the consumption of soy protein products may help in many areas: heart disease risk reduction per the FDA (Medical References 1-4), weight loss (Medical References 6-10), and hot flash relief (Medical References 11-14).
Recent studies have confirmed the latter of these three. This lead to an FDA-approved heart health claim. These studies indicate that eating 25 grams of soy protein daily, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce risk of heart disease (Medical References 1-4). Thus, healthy heart support is one way by which soy might improve a woman’s health.
Being overweight negatively impacts a woman’s physical and emotional health, so maintaining a normal body weight has multiple positive overall benefits. Recent human studies show that soy protein products may help support reductions in body weight, fat mass, and waist size in overweight individuals (Medical References 6–10). One observational study suggested that higher amounts of isoflavones are associated with lower body weight, total body fat mass, and waist size (Medical Reference 10).
Soy consumption also appears to support a woman’s health by providing support for midlife menopausal health. Scientific evidence indicates that soy products help reduce menopause discomforts like hot flashes and night sweats (Medical References 11-14).
Overall, results from scientific research suggest that a woman’s health can improve with soy protein products. Health benefits may include support for heart and menopausal health, as well as help for weight loss and dieting. These beneficial effects might help to improve a woman’s health overall.
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