Health: Switching to a soy-rich vegan diet causes an 84 per cent drop in ...

Health: Switching to a soy-rich vegan diet causes an 84 per cent drop in ...
Health: Switching to a soy-rich vegan diet causes an 84 per cent drop in ...
Going vegan can relieve hot flushes: Switching to a plant-based, soy-rich diet causes an 84 per cent drop in troublesome menopausal symptoms — without drugs George Washington University experts recruited 38 postmenopausal women Half were put on a low-fat, plant-based diet including cooked soy beans daily Of these, 59% stopped having moderate-to-severe hot flushes within 12 weeks The team think the benefits stem from the 'isoflavone' compounds in the beans The finding may offer an alternative to traditional, oestrogen-based medications Long used to treat hot flushes, such drugs have now been linked to breast cancer

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Women who switch to a vegan diet rich in soy during menopause could reduce the number of hot flushes they experience by up to 84 per cent without using drugs.

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This is the conclusion of a study by researchers led from the George Washington University following tests of the diet involving 38 women over 12 week period.

Not only did the average number of moderate-to-severe hot flushes fall from five to one per day on the diet, but they were totally eliminated in 59 per cent of subjects.

The tested diet featured no hormone medications or extracts, the team explained — but instead combined a low-fat plant-based diet with cooked soy beans.

It is estimated that around four-fifths of postmenopausal women suffer from hot flushes, which manifest first as a heat welling up in the chest.

They typically lead to sweating, redness of the face and a rapid heartbeat — with attacks usually lasting from two to thirty minutes and repeating throughout the day.

While oestrogen-based medications were long given to treat these symptoms, they have recently been found to increase the risk of conditions including breast cancer.

Women who switch to a vegan diet rich in soy during menopause could reduce the number of hot flushes they experience (as pictured) by up to 84 per cent without drugs (stock image)

Women who switch to a vegan diet rich in soy during menopause could reduce the number of hot flushes they experience (as pictured) by up to 84 per cent without drugs (stock image)

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Alongside a dramatic reduction in hot flushes, many of the participants given the soy-rich diet also reported improvements in their mood, overall energy and sexual symptoms.

'This was basically a lifesaver for me. I've got my quality of life back,' said one anonymous study participant.

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Another said: "I am sleeping better, and my hot flashes diminished tremendously." 

Furthermore, several of the participants said the diet led to better digestion and significant weight loss.

'Before you jump to any kind of medication, I would try this route, because it's easy,' one subject said.

 Anybody can do it,'  she concluded.

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'This is a game changer for women aged 45 and over,' said paper author and clinical researcher Neal Barnard of the George Washington University.

'Most of whom we now know can

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