- Question from butterfly: I'm confused about soy. As a BC survivor, I'm supposed to avoid estrogen. I read that soy mimics estrogen, yet the popular media says all women my age could benefit from soy. What gives?
- Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Soy proteins contain isoflavones that can mimic a weak estrogen effect. It's not "high test" estrogen like your own body would make. It is 1,000 times weaker than your own body's estrogen. I think that soy protein is a healthy source of protein in your diet, as a substitute for other less healthy sources of protein, like red meat, and chicken. I feel uncomfortable with the use of soy supplements, like powders and pills, because it is hard to know how much of the active ingredient that you are getting.
- Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. Don't forget, too, that these foods also may help with hot flashes.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. And they lower cholesterol.
- Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. And they help you with strong bones. The other active substance, or dietary estrogen-like substance, in these foods, is lignans.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. There are other foods and plants that contain estrogen-like substances, besides soy.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Food for Cancer Recovery featured Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and how it relates to cancer recovery.
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