Soy Supplements

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Besides their well known impact against cardiovascular conditions, soy supplements also offer tremendous benefits to uterine health. Soy contains numerous isoflavones and naturally occurring plant chemicals including phystoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant based substances that react in the body like female estrogen. When estrogen levels drop, phytoestrogens compensate by binding to the cells in the way that female estrogen once did, creating balance and helping to eliminate common low-estrogen symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes. Further, they are also credited for reducing the likelihood of hormone-related cancers, endometriosis, and other feminine illnesses.

Soy Supplements: Your Uterus's Best Friend

One of the greatest sources for these safe but powerful plant substances is soy. Soy isoflavones, in addition to their phytoestrogen capability, may also improve general immunity and act as an antioxidant. As with heart disease, regular soy consumption is also thought by many to explain the low numbers of hormone related illnesses, including cancers, found in Asian countries where soy is a dietary staple. Soy supplements are highly effective taken either as capsule/pill formulations, or in nutritional soy protein drink mixes. The benefits of soy supplements for uterine health, as well as its potential impact on heart disease, make a compelling argument for regular soy intake.

If you're particularly interested in uterine health, many soy supplements also feature complementary phytoestrogenic herbs like Black Cohosh, Chasteberry, and Dong Quai. Black Cohosh, a Native American plant, is the number one selling peri- and post-menopausal herb in Europe today. In addition to its reputed ability to calm night-sweats and hot flashes, it's also credited with relieving vaginal dryness and nervousness.

Chasteberry, used in the Mediterranean since the days of Hippocrates, is another popular herb used for the relief of menopausal symptoms, including moodiness and depression. Chasteberry's particular contribution is its ability to suppress over-production of pro-lactin, the milk producing hormone released from the pituitary gland. Dong Quai, on the other hand, is an ancient Chinese herb used for thousands of years to promote uterine health. Among its reputed benefits, beyond its phytoestrogenic properties, is its ability to "smooth" uterine muscles resulting in fewer, and less painful menstrual cramps. It's also considered effective for relief of endometriosis and to regulate menstrual cycles.

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