2002-02-23 / Columnists

Health and Harmony by Dr. Nancy Gahles

Health and Harmony by Dr. Nancy Gahles

The Benefits of Soy

Soy has long been noted in Asian cultures as a staple in their diet. 

This food has been associated with better bone, breast, endometrial (uterine) and heart health. Japanese women have very few menopause or PMS complaints and younger Japanese women have fewer menstrual disturbances.  Japanese men have much better prostate and heart health.  Recent human studies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia have shown that consumption of soy protein high in isoflavones may contribute substantially to these differences.

Soy can benefit both women and men. Here are a few ways that soy protein and isoflavones can make you feel better:

1.  Reduce mid-life symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, mood swings, vaginal dryness.

2. Alleviate normal PMS and menstrual disturbances in younger women.

3.  Promote strong, healthy bones and joints.

4.  Support healthy breast, vaginal, eudiometrical and prostate (men) tissues.

5.  Lower cholesterol/triglycerides levels and promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

6.  Promote healthier skin, hair and nails.

There is much medical research on the benefits of soy, which I would be happy to share with you.  If you are interested, e-mail me at Ngahles @aol.com for the references.

In her book, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, Dr. Christianne Northrup, M.D. suggests a product called Revival Soy.  In personal clinical trial I have noticed a marked reduction of perimenopausal symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, irritability and night sweats with a 30-day trial use of daily soy supplementation.  Please check out their website at www.revivalsoy.com. 

Mention my name and request a free sample.  I'd love to hear your experience of the results.

For this and other comments or questions, e-mail me at Ngahles@aol.com.  Please let me know of any special topics of interest that you would like me to comment on.

May the Blessings Be!

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