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Archive for the 'Flavonoids (Soy)' Category

Acne treatments

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The surest way to know that there is no truly effective treatment for a condition is to count the number of treatment recommendations. The more recommendations, the less likely it is that any of them have a significant effect. I’m not sure if there is a tipping point. Whether 6 or 12 or 20 recommended treatments guarantee that you will have less than complete cure.

Here are some of the recommendations from just one article.


Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Effect of dietary protein on blood pressure levels

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

There’s an inverse association between dietary protein intake and blood pressure.

How much? Researchers at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana, compared the effects of soy protein and milk protein to carbohydrate supplementation in healthy adults. (more…)

Lower your risk for prostate cancer

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, but here are their dietary recommendations. (more…)

Soy vs hormone therapy to treat hot flushes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Researchers at San Marcos University, in Lima, Peru, conducted a meta-analysis of their effect on the severity of hot flushes in postmenopausal women. (more…)

Herbal and dietary supplements on cognition in menopause

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues evaluated the evidence regarding the effects of herbal and dietary supplements on cognition (ability to reason) in menopause. (more…)

Do herbals and dietary supplements affect cognitive decline?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence during menopause (more…)

The role of soy isoflavones in menopausal health

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The beneficial effects of soy protein, soy isoflavones, and their metabolites on women’s health are unclear.

So, the North American Menopause Society convened a seminar of experts in the field. (more…)

CAM options to treat menopausal symptoms

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Long-term response to soy isoflavones

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, studied the response to soy hypocotyl isoflavone supplementation in healthy menopausal women.

In the plant seed, the hypocotyl connects the embryonic root to the seed leaf. (more…)

Supplements or food to prevent heart disease in women?

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Researchers at the MedStar Research Institute, in Hyattsville, Maryland, reviewed studies of nutrition in women.

Those emphasizing gender differences in nutritional requirements were selected for this review. (more…)

Vitamin E, selenium, + soy to treat prostate cancer?

Friday, May 6th, 2011

High-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) is a precursor of invasive prostate cancer (PCa). Some preliminary evidence suggests vitamin E, selenium, and soy protein may prevent progression of HGPIN to PCa.

Researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario tested this hypothesis. (more…)

Isoflavones and bone health

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The chemical structure of isoflavones is very similar to that of estrogen.

Researchers at the University of Barcelona, in Spain reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review: Botanicals to reduce skin aging and wrinkling

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Prof. Ernst tells us, “Although topical creams and other anti-aging products purport to reduce the appearance of aging and skin wrinkling, there has been no critical analysis in the scientific literature of their effectiveness.”

Get ready. (more…)

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol with diet

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

A healthy diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits, whole-grain, high-fiber foods, and fish, and should contain a small amount of saturated and trans fats.

Researchers at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, in France, reviewed dietary approaches proven to be associated with lowering LDL-cholesterol. (more…)

Review: CAM to treat menopausal vasomotor symptoms

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed allopathic and CAM options.

Let’s focus on CAM. (more…)

Effect of soy isoflavones on blood pressure

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Researchers at Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in China reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Lack of effect of soy protein on lipids after 1 year

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The risk of heart disease increases significantly in women after menopause mostly because of estrogen deficiency. Soy protein is promoted as a dietary means for reducing this risk.

In this study, researchers at Florida State University, in Tallahassee, examined the effects of soy protein consumption on heart disease risk in postmenopausal women. (more…)

More on soy intake and breast cancer risk

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Eating lots of soy might lower breast cancer risk.

Researchers at the National Cancer Center, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, report the effects of soy on breast cancer risk based on menopausal and hormone receptor status. (more…)

Association between soy and COPD

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Researchers from Japan and Australia investigated the relationship between soy consumption and the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory symptoms. (more…)