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New research from Brazil demonstrates yet again the health benefits
of soyfoods.

New scientific research from Brazil has demonstrated again the health benefits of soyfoods, showing strong data indicating that isoflavone treatment can be a safe and effective alternative treatment for menopausal symptoms, according to Foods for the Future.

Isoflavones are naturally occurring plant compounds found in soybeans that have been intensively studied over recent years because they can help reduce the risk of disease.

The Brazilian study, conducted by scientists at the Federal University of Sao Paulo's School of Medicine, examined the change in both cardiovascular risk factors and in menopausal symptoms when a group of post-menopausal women aged 45 to 55 years received 100 milligrams of soy isoflavones daily.

"This study suggests that isoflavone l00 mg regime treatment may be a safe and effective alternative therapy for menopausal symptoms and may offer a benefit to the cardiovascular system,"​ the study concluded.

The study has been published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology​, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The study demonstrated that the isoflavone treatment was effective in alleviating menopausal "hot flashes" and also lowered LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, suggesting a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.

The study is backed by recent research showing that Asian-American women who ate soy during adolescence may reduce the risk of breast cancer in adulthood. Conducted at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, researchers found that American women of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino descent who consumed soyfoods on a regular basis during their teenage years had a much lower incidence of breast cancer later in life. It was theorised that the presence of isoflavones in the diet during the years that women develop breast tissue may provide a protective benefit.

Asian diets contain larger amounts of soyfoods than typical American diets, and researchers studying the eating habits of those who consumed soyfoods such as soymilk, tofu, miso and soybeans have found that rates of breast cancer were lower in Asian women. Soy has also been linked to prevention of a number of other diseases and illnesses.

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