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September 20, 2010

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*Q.* I understand that soy can act like estrogen in the body. Is this true
and is there a safe level of soy consumption?

*A.* Soy does contain estrogen-like substances, but the jury is still out
on health effects. Soy is rich in plant-based protein, sans the saturated
fat of meat, and has been found to have a mild benefit on blood cholesterol
levels. But as the reputation of soy has grown as a health food that may
relieve symptoms of menopause and lower heart disease risk — so have
doubts.

One of the most hotly debated areas is soy’s possible effect on cancer.
Some evidence in human populations suggests that high soy intake might have
a preventive effect on breast and endometrial cancers in women, and on
prostate cancer in men. But animal studies have noted that high amounts of


Source: www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/09/20/does_soy_act_like_estrogen_in_the_body/


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** Soy, Estrogen, and Men?? **

jkr0319
May 13 2007 14:11
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I recently heard that a diet rich in soy may be unhealthy for men as it
increases estrogen production.  Anyone know specifics about this? What are
the risks/benefits for men?  Thanks.
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lysistrata
May 14 2007 01:03
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I don't think there is much known about this issue.  The estrogen-like
compounds are soy isoflavones and there have been several conflicting
studies about them.  For example, some studies show increased risk of
breast cancer in women, some show decreased risk.  I think the safest
approach is to eat soy conservatively ... a couple of times a week is
probably fine; after all, asian cultures have been eating soy for
centuries.
*Naomi*Raw foodist and martial artist
venix
May 14 2007 02:02
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Soy's been eaten


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