Isoflavones are water-soluble chemicals found in plants that act as phytoestrogens – they exert effects on the body similar to estrogens. Some isoflavones can help with menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and insomnia. However, use of isoflavones should always be done under the direction of a physician as their use may be more harmful than beneficial in some patients. This is especially true of women who have had breast cancer.
The most investigated isoflavones are genistein and daidzein, these are found in the soy products and the herb red clover. These isoflavones may not only relieve menopausal symptoms, but have also been shown to improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive assessment and treatment for menopausal symptoms. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.