Taiwanese scientists have discovered that a component found in soybeans may be useful in promoting better health during menopause.
The research, conducted at the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, suggests that the compounds called soy aglycons of isoflavone (SAI) may act to lower cholesterol and increase the anti-oxidative properties of the liver.
That would make them a powerful weapon against cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, whose risk increases in post-menopausal women.
SAI may also be useful in preventing degeneration of the vaginal lining.
"SAI has weak estrogenic properties and we’ve shown here that menopause-related syndromes can be prevented or improved by dietary supplementation with the compounds it contains," says Dr. Robin Chiou, who leads the research team.
The researchers also expressed hope that soy supplements may provide an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and blood clots.
There are many natural therapies that can be helpful in minimizing hot flashes, headaches, insomnia, weight gain and fatigue associated with menopause. They include regular exercise, massages and reflexology treatments.