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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine problem that is diagnosed in reproductive aged women. It’s complex and involves multiple body systems but is associated with hyperinsulinemia, impaired glucose metabolism, hyperandrogenism and dyslipidemia. It is estimated that 5-6 million women in the United States have PCOS. The manifestations of PCOS can include irregular/infrequent menses […]

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The use of herbal medicines, including those with phytoestrogen (weak estrogen-like, but not estrogen) compounds have gained an important place in the management of menopause symptoms. Phytoestrogens are classified in 3 main categories of flavonoids, coumestans and lignans. The hop plant contains phytoestrogens including prenylnaringenin and is thought to be the most potent of all […]

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The authors of this study were testing the hypothesis that Asian women may have fewer health complaints and that this may be due to higher consumption of soy products. This double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study assessed the effect of soy isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, bone mineral density (BMD), serum cytokines, and bone metabolism indices. Chinese menopausal […]

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Soy and hot flashes

The purpose of this analysis was to determine whether soy isoflavones were effective in the alleviation of hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Two large data bases, PubMed and the Cochrane Controlled Clinical Trials Register Database were searched for studies on this topic that were double-blind randomized controlled trials through mid December 2010. A […]

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A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over pilot study was done to examine the efficacy of a hops extract for relief of menopausal symptoms. 36 menopausal women were randomized to take either a placebo or the hops extract for a period of eight weeks and then they were switched to the opposite group for another 8 […]

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The potential for soy protein or soy isoflavones to alter bone metabolism and bone resorption is currently contradictory and inconclusive.  The lack of agreement in the literature is thought to be related to variations in study design. These variations in study design include differences in the dosage and form of soy products studied, (i.e. soy […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with 96 menopausal women was conducted over 6 months. 66 women were given 135 mg of soy isoflavone and 30 women were given placebo. After one week, the women in the treatment group were tested and further divided into 2 subgroups, equol-producing (EP) and non equol-producing (non-EP), according to […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at three medical centers in Italy. The trial studied the effects of 54mg/day of pure soy genestein on bone metabolism in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. Bone density at the femoral neck and lumbar spine was tested after 24 months along with serum levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, markers […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at three medical centers in Italy. The trial studied the effects of 54 mg/day of pure soy genestein on bone metabolism in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. Bone densities at the femoral neck and lumbar spine were tested after 24 months along with serum levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, […]

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