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Is soy effective in curing hot flashes?

Even though the jury is still out on soy, some women may find modest hot flash relief, says Margery Gass, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. One study found that women who took a daily 160 mg dose of soy isoflavones -- the active soy ingredient that mimics estrogen -- reported feeling better during menopause, emotionally, physically, and sexually. However, studies have been inconclusive, says Dr. Gass, because "everybody's formulating it differently and using different doses of soy isoflavones, so it's tough to compare across trials." If you don't see an improvement within 12 weeks of adding soy to your diet, it's not worth continuing, she advises. Though soy isoflavones are considered safe for most women, those with a personal history of breast cancer may want to avoid it. Always talk with your doctor before taking any new supplement.

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