As a practitioner who advises women as to their health care decisions I have had to come to some decision about the safety and effectiveness of soy while always being open for more scientific information to unfold. Here are ten things I tell my patients:
As greater use of soy products and serious research continues, we will accumulate more information about the many uses and effects of soy in women. For now, the research supports the use of soy foods to lower our risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer, uterine cancer and colon cancer. For some of us, it may help with hot flashes as well. We will also develop a greater understanding of some of the limitations of soy, as well as some potential negative influences it may have on some individuals and in some circumstances.
There are many excellent soy food products on the market. I would encourage you to look for those soy foods derived from organic soybeans and foods closest to their natural state. That would include organic soymilk, soybeans, edamame and roasted soy nuts. Read labels to learn the soy isoflavone content, the calcium content and the protein content.
The many potential clinical effects of soy in women position soy foods and soy products as valuable medicinal foods in women's health today for both prevention and treatment. The variety of whole, organic soy foods and products available make soy a convenient, versatile and tasty part of a healthy diet, as well.
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