Around the world, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, meaning there is an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds. It affects 200 million women world wide and increases its impact as women age. (1)
Soy has received a bad reputation in the past ten years. Due to GMOs and the processing that takes place to create soy-based foods, many people choose to stay away from soy. Soy also contains estrogen, toxins, and anti-nutrients that can’t be completely removed.(2)
Soy protein and isoflavones can help prevent osteoporosis!
If you choose to eat soy, eat it in moderation and buy organic soy in its whole food form. Soy is not all bad! A new study found that eating a diet rich in soy protein and isoflavones can protect menopausal women from osteoporosis! Following menopause, women produce less estrogen, which helps protect against bone loss.(3)
Soy contains isoflavones that are similar to the structure of estrogen and add the same protective feature. In the new study, two hundred women in early menopause took a daily soy protein supplement that contained 66 mg of isoflavones, or a supplement with soy protein alone, for 6 months. They found that the women who were on a soy diet with isoflavones had lower levels of βCTX protein in their blood, which suggested that their rate of bone loss was slowing down. These women also showed a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.(3)
Six months of supplementation with isoflavones slowed down rate of bone loss in women and decreased their risk of cardiovascular disease!
If you do not want to eat soy products, there are other options to improve your bones! Eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables, juicing, and getting plenty of sunshine or vitamin D are all essential for strong healthy bones. Other vitamins that are necessary are omega-3-fatty acids and vitamin K2. It’s also important to increase exercise in order to protect bone health! Inactivity decreases bone density and can create brittle bones.(4)
If you are avoiding soy, instead, eat organic fruit and vegetables and supplement vitamin D, K2 and omega-3-fatty acids!
If you are concerned about the health of your bones, or have experienced bone fractures or breaks, consider changing your diet and purchasing high quality supplements to assure that you are getting the necessary vitamins to improve your bone health!