Over the past few years, there has been a lot of hype about soy. But, does it really live up to the claims that taking a soy supplement can help build strong bones and solve female hormonal problems (especially during menopause)? Several studies have disproven these claims. In one study, the group of women taking a soy supplement actually had more hot flashes than the group of women taking a placebo. Basically, soy supplements are just isolated phytoestrogens called isoflavones. When taken in high does, these powerful hormone-disrupting agents can cause hormone imbalances. Other downfalls of taking soy supplements are that they can damage your thyroid gland, cause indigestion, and block intake of vital nutrients. Also, soy supplements do not contain the nutrients that your bones require; These nutrients are found in raw bone, not soy. Weight-bearing exercises are also very effective for buillding strong bones. Soy supplements cannot take the place of exercise when it comes to bone density. Forget the soy. If you want to beat arthritis and osteoporosis, start exercising and taking a raw bone supplement.
Dr. Demetri Meimaris, 31 Mercer Street, Suite 1A, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601 (201) 487-3131