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Soy Lowers Breast Cancer Risk...

A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals high intake of soy foods during teenage years may reduce the risk of breast cancer prior to menopause. For the study, scientists used a survey to determine consumption of soy foods during teenage years and adulthood, linked to breast cancer. Experts documented 592 cases of cancer, finding soy was associated with a 43% to 59% lower risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer; Nutra Ingredient explains.

And last year, a report in the International Journal of Cancer found soy foods reduce the risk of breast cancer tumors. Soy is also a bone builder. A compound of in soy called genistein, an isoflavone phytoestrogen, may help improve bone mineral density in women.

In related news, previous studies have found women regularly eating soybeans have less risk of heart disease and soybeans help improve artery health in stroke patients.

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) - June 2, 2009 6:40 PM

I am eating edamame right now. I am well past being a teenager but I still look it. Wonder if that helps me at all.

Iris - June 9, 2009 6:38 AM

About eating soy beans being good against cancer. What about estrogen sensitive breast cancer, would it not make things worse?

Niche Topics - July 9, 2009 12:29 AM

Thanks for sharing. That's a good reason to eat tofu!

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