Soy has a mixed reputation these days, and rightfully so--at a whopping 93 per cent, it is one of the top 3 most genetically modified foods grown in the US. However, the shady reputation of GMO soy has unfortunately bled over to non-GMO soy, as well. This is truly unfortunate, as non-GMO soy has many benefits. In fact, the magazine Today's Dietitian dedicated an April 2014 article to dispelling common myths. Here are the top 3 with brief explanations:
All soy products are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).While most soy is genetically modified, non-GMO soy does exist and is labeled organic.
Eating soy increases breast cancer risk. To quote the article, "Three studies looking at women’s eating habits and other lifestyle factors after breast cancer found that, in the combined total of 9,000 breast cancer survivors studied, eating soy actually lowered the risk of breast cancer recurrence, even in women with estrogen receptor–positive tumors (although less so), and regardless of whether they were taking tamoxifen." Marji McCullough, ScD, RD, and strategic director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society, explained, "While isoflavones may act like estrogen, they also have antiestrogen properties. That is, they can block the more potent natural estrogens from binding to the estrogen receptor. In addition, they stop the formation of estrogens in fat tissue and stimulate production of a protein that binds estrogen in the blood, making it less able to bind to the receptor. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may work in other ways to reduce cancer growth."
Soy causes feminization in men. In 2010, the journal Fertility and Sterilityconcluded that “neither isoflavone supplements nor isoflavone-rich soy affect total or free testosterone levels” and that there’s “essentially no evidence from nine identified clinical studies that isoflavone exposure affects circulating estrogen levels in men."
Many think that the safest option is to avoid soy altogether and use wild yam cream. However, the effects are not the same as soy. While the diosgenin found in wild yam created quite a stir in the 1990s as a cure for menopausal disorders and other symptoms of aging in women, the plant itself has no proven hormonal action, nor have any studies shown it to be effective in treating hormone related disorders. It is true that diosgenin can be converted into steroidal compounds, which are then used in the chemical synthesis of progesterone, but this happens in a laboratory—not in the human body. There is essentially no scientific evidence of wild yam's effectiveness in treating either menopausal symptoms or osteoporosis. Although many individuals claim relief of symptoms such as vaginal dryness with the use of progesterone creams, some of which contain an extract of Dioscorea villosa, no well-designed studies have evaluated these creams. Moreover, many products that claim to contain natural progesterone actually contain synthetic medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA).
Meanwhile, studies favour soy for hormone balance. A University of Sao Paulo studyfound that out of 80 women treated with soy or placebo for 4 months, those treated with soy isoflavones showed a significant decrease in menopausal symptoms.
With these points in mind, a non-GMO soy isoflavone product would be the optimal non-prescription route for hormone balance. Life Choice has provided this product with our Progest Liposome Cream--specially blended with non-GMO soy isoflavones, as well as other hormone-balancing ingredients like Red Clover and Pomegranate, it is the best legal alternative to progesterone cream on the market.
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