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Isoflavone-Based Menopause Treatments Found Safe

October 2, 2009: 10:11 AM EST
An Austrian meta-analysis of 92 clinical trials involving nearly 10,000 menopausal women found no serious side effects from treatments using phytoestrogens such as soy and red clover isoflavones. Researchers stressed that the findings, published in the American Journal of medicine, did not address the issue of therapy effectiveness, only safety. Isoflavone supplements have been shown to provide symptom relief when taken instead of hormone replacement drugs. Concern was raised when mouse studies suggested that isoflavones stimulated breast cancer cells. But human population studies have found lower breast cancer rates in women who consumed large amounts of soy isoflavones.
Stephen Daniells , "Meta-analysis supports safety of soy, red clover", Food Navigator.com, October 02, 2009, © Decision News Media SAS
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