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Benefits of soya milk

health and fitness Updated: Apr 09, 2012 00:46 IST

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Drinking soya milk at least twice a day can reduce hot flushes, says a new study. Hot flushes occur suddenly, lasting about four minutes, and produce an uncomfortable feeling of intense heat.

Researchers have found that a couple of daily servings made from the soya plant led to a reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flushes by 26% in women. Soya contains isoflavones, oestrogen-like plant hormones, that has a beneficial effect on health. The evidence comes from a review of 19 studies involving more than 1,200 women, the Daily Mail reported.

Lead author Prof Melissa Melby of Delaware University said, “Eating soya foods, or using supplements derived from whole soya beans, may work better for women.” The researchers said that when women consumed soya for 12 weeks or more, the drop in frequency of hot flushes was about threefold.