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Soy Versus Fermented Soy

Soy Versus Fermented Soy

Sunday, January 1st 2006

There is considerable controversy about the use of soy foods. However, lesser known is the fact that Eastern diets referenced in studies largely include ferments soy foods which includes natto, miso and tempeh.

Soy Fermentation

Fermentation is a natural preparation technique used for centuries in Asian food preservation by which enzymes and microflora break-down glucose molecules within food and also improve digestion and nutritive value. Fermentation provides a broader nutrient profile not only from soy but also from the valuable nutrients found in the fermentation process. It also eliminates "anti-nutrients" found in raw soybeans that make non-fermented soy product harder to digest.

Clinicians identify soy's naturally occurring isoflavones as gentle occurring isoflavones as gentle "phytoestrogens" essential to women's health - especially during the time surrounding menopause. Researchers also find soy isoflavones are better absorbed and more fully utilized within the body when they are spilt form other naturally occurring compounds through fermentation. This "free delivery of soy isoflavones leads to more potent, beneficial biological action.

How is Fermented Soy Beneficial During Menopause?

Women consuming a soy-rich diet report lower incidence of hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. It helps ease a women's natural hormonal transition. Fermented soy products are specifically designed to:

  • Relieve hot flushes and night sweats
  • Support breast health
  • Promote healthy bones by helping the body retain calcium.

Nature's Way Estrosoy Plus also contains a clinically proven dose of standardised black cohosh with 100mg of red clover blossoms.

Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Menopause :

Black Cohosh Standardised
Dong Quai Root
Efamol Evening Primrose Oil
Hot Flush Fix
Mineral Power
Maca Gold
30 Plus
Superior Magnesium

Related health information can be found here:

Calcium Deficiency
Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus) as a hormone balancer
DIM Plus to assist in cancer prevention
Herbal phytoestrogens and menopause
Hormonal Changes
Menustrual Problems
Suffering from menopausal or menstrual problems? Then consider Dong Quai - the queen of female herbs
Suffering from menopausal symptoms? Femitone may help

Related articles can be found here:

Balance Your Estrogen/ Testosterone Levels Naturally With DIM (Dinndolylmethane)
Balance Your Hormones the Peruvian Way - the Amazing Maca
Hormone Balancing
Hot Flushes? An Internationally Recommended Herb
Minerals: Critical for Well-Being
The Traditional Balancing Herb for Women

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.



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