A recent report by US researchers stated that consumption of soy supplements did not make any difference to the quality of life in menopausal women as compared to their counterparts who were administered placebo-pills.
Dr Paula Amato form Oregon Health and Science University in Portland said that although it is possible that soy supplements offer certain benefits to women undergoing menopause, a similarity in their condition with the subjects participating in the study suggest that supplements might not be making a significant impact on their quality of life.
The side-effects of hormones used to relive menopause symptoms led to soy-supplements gaining popularity as an attractive alternative. But research on the effectiveness of soy-extracts in reducing hot-flash and other bothersome symptoms has yielded conflicting results.
According to the recently published report on the study, Amato and her colleagues did not concentrate only on effect of soy supplements in relieving menopausal symptoms but also on overall quality of life measures among healthy women who were mostly in their 50s. Most of these women were in the menopausal stage for six years or more. During the study, many women were asked to take soy-supplement pills thrice a day for a period of two years.
From among these women, 126 women had consumed fake supplement pills which did not contain any soy extract while, 135 women took tablets containing 80 milligrams of soy protein per day. The last group of 123 women took 120 mg of the supplement every day.
At the beginning of the study and after a lapse of one or two years of administering the supplement, the women were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their quality of life with specific reference to their mental, physical and sexual health and about their hot-flash symptoms as well. In each of the surveys, women from all the three groups scored almost the same with regard to main measures in the questionnaire.
Amato said that after the study and going through sufficient literature, it appears that administration of soy-supplements after menopause in women does not improve their quality of lives in any manner.
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