Soy appears to have weak estrogenic activity when taken after menopause but may block the effects of more potent estrogens (thereby reducing breast cancer risk) when used before menopause. It can reduce menopausal symptoms but is less effective than estrogen in this regard. Although long-term high soy diets may help prevent osteoporosis, it is likely that most U. S. women will not consume enough to be adequate for osteoporosis treatment. Semisynthetic or concentrated isoflavone preparations may play a role in the future.
Black cohosh may reduce menopausal symptoms, and it appears safe and well tolerated for at least a 6-
month period. It lacks the other proven benefits of estrogen, however. There is less information to recommend red clover and flaxseed, although they remain widely used for this purpose.
A listing of other popular herbs and their proposed actions is given in Table 69.4.
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