Lack of significant genotoxicity of purified soy isoflavones – (03-31-03)

Lack of significant genotoxicity of purified soy isoflavones (genistein, daidzein, and glycitein) in 20 patients with prostate cancer. This article is interesting given the fact that men with history of prostate cancer and women with history of breast cancer are told to avoid soy products. However, the evidence seems to support the fact that soy […]

Importance of Equol—A Clue to Effectiveness of Soy Isoflavones – (12-12-02)

Importance of Equol—A Clue to Effectiveness of Soy Isoflavones We see a familiar concept here. Soy isolflavones need to be acted on by beneficial bacteria in the gut to produce equol–a nonsteroidal estrogen-like compound that is believed to be one of the most potent antioxidants in this class. This may explain some of the discrepancies in soy […]

Adrenocortical Effects of Oral Estrogens and Soy Isoflavones – (06-01-04)

Adrenocortical Effects of Oral Estrogens and Soy Isoflavones Just in case this email gets to an ob/gyn and they think I don’t know what I’m talking about… This article (which is a monkey study) finds that both oral contraceptive and conjugated equine estrogens (i.e. Premarin) mess with the adrenal glands in a negative way, producing […]

Soy components improve cholesterol – (02-08-01)

Soy isoflavones improve lipids in normal & mildly hypercholesterolemia Soy is believed to act through several mechanisms (most centered on the liver) to lower cholesterol levels. The effect in this study was mild, but, as with any functional approach, with added exercise, lowering of refined carbs (high insulin will stimulate HMG-CoA reductase..the enzyme that makes […]

EFFECT OF SOY CONSUMPTION – (04-04-05)

The Effect of Soy Consumption on 2:16-Hydroxyestrone Ratio in Postmenopausal Women Depends on Equol Production Status but is not influenced by Probiotic Consumption Here’s some background…the body metabolizes estrogens down several pathways.  The “2″ pathway is considered protective for certain types of cancer while the “16″ pathway is damaging.  It is known that equols, compounds […]