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Dr. Mark Messina

Can Soyfoods Help Combat the Rise in Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Nutrition
September 10, 2021

Can Soyfoods Help Combat the Rise in Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Iron deficiency is a common nutritional problem globally and recent data indicate the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in the United States is increasing.1 Do soyfoods have a role in…
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Are Fermented Soyfoods Hypoallergenic?
Soy AllergySoy Protein
September 10, 2021

Are fermented soyfoods hypoallergenic?

First, a little background: Soy is one of the eight foods thought to be responsible for 90% of food-allergic reactions among Americans.1 Even so, only about three out of every…
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Origins of the Soy Feminization Myth
Men’s Health
August 20, 2021

Origins of the Soy Feminization Myth

There are likely some folks, including health professionals, who are still uncertain about whether soy feminizes men. This uncertainty is understandable given that even today, claims that soy feminizes men…
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Systematic Review Supports the Safety of Soy for Women with Breast Cancer
CancerWomen’s Health
August 17, 2021

Systematic Review Supports the Safety of Soy for Women with Breast Cancer

Beginning in the late 1990s, concerns arose that soy increases breast cancer risk and worsens the prognosis of women with this disease despite the historically low breast cancer incidence rates…
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Soybean oil in glass bottle with soybeans around it
Heart HealthSoy Oil
August 11, 2021

New Study Confirms: SOY OIL LOWERS RISK OF HEART DISEASE; HAS NO IMPACT ON INFLAMMATION, OXIDATION

A new comprehensive analysis of the scientific literature, published in the journal Nutrition, concludes that soybean oil lowers risk of coronary heart disease without causing any undesirable effects as some…
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Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes
Women’s Health
August 10, 2021

Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes

Two new studies highlight the potential of soy to reduce hot flashes, although both suffer from design limitations. In many respects, the potential alleviation of menopausal hot flashes by consuming…
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CancerHot Topics
July 14, 2021

Glyphosate declared non-carcinogenic in draft European report, and by agencies worldwide

The European Union's Assessment Group on Glyphosate (AGG) recently released an 11,000-page draft report concluding that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, does not warrant being declared carcinogenic (see…
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New study shows soy is associated with a lower risk of dying of a heart attack
Heart Health
July 6, 2021

New study shows soy is associated with a lower risk of dying of a heart attack

Chinese researchers recently reported that soy consumption was associated with a reduced risk of mortality from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).1 This finding comes from the China Kadoorie Biobank study,…
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Woman drinking soymilk
NutritionSoy ProteinWomen’s Health
May 27, 2021

Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation Protect against Fractures in Vegan Women

While there is evidence indicating vegetarian diets reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes,1 cardiovascular diseases,2 and certain cancers,3 there are also concerns that a vegetarian, and especially…
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Couple Cooking Healthy Food Making Vegetable Salad Standing In Kitchen At Home
NutritionSoy Protein
April 29, 2021

Not all plant foods are equally healthy

Health authorities increasingly recommend that Westerners shift toward more plant-based diets for health and environmental reasons. Common types of vegetarian diets include lacto-ovo vegetarian and vegan diets. While most people…
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Isoflavones and the Alleviation of Hot Flashes
Women’s Health
April 19, 2021

Isoflavones and the Alleviation of Hot Flashes

The ability of isoflavones and soy products to alleviate menopausal hot flashes has been researched for more than 25 years,1 and yet, questions about efficacy remain. In the past 5…
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An image depicting a joyful pregnant woman
Women’s Health
April 13, 2021

Consuming Soy During Pregnancy May Benefit Child

Research increasingly points to myriad ways in which maternal dietary intake potentially impacts the health of offspring.1-3 However, despite the large amount of information about the health effects of soyfood…
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