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Keywords

Soy, Bone loss, Nutrition

 

Authors

  1. Harkness, Laura

Abstract

Interest in the use of plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) to attenuate postmenopausal bone loss has increased during the past 10 years as healthcare consumers, practitioners, and scientists have searched for alternative treatments to the use of hormone replacement therapy. Promising research has emerged regarding the potential benefit of increased consumption of phytoestrogens, primarily from dietary soy products. Dietary phytoestrogens, primarily isoflavones found in soy foods, may alter bone turnover in postmenopausal women by decreasing bone resorption and increasing bone formation.