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Impact of Soy on Men’s Health – (Prostate Cancer Preventer or ED Enabler)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Researchers have also found that elderly Indonesian men & women who regularly ate plenty of tofu had twice the risk of dementia and memory impairment as compared to those consuming moderate amounts.

Soy, it appears is like a double edged sword for men, offering protection on one hand and creating havoc with their sexual & mental health on the other. A lot more investigation & in-depth research is required to establish its final impact on men’s health.

The NutritionVista Question - How many of you men consume soy on a regular basis because a medical expert has asked you to. Have you seen any benefits?

By Poonam Vaswani, MSc Nutrition & Dietetics
Sr. Dietitian



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23 July, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi The scientific journal Hormones and Behavior (May 2004 ) carried a report that researchers* found male monkeys, on a long-term consumption of isoflavones rich soy diet showed marked influences on patterns of aggression and social behavior. This was not seen in female monkeys. The finding is that a) It is gender biased influence and (b) till date only effects on CVD and post menopausal behavior was studied this is the 1st instance of study neurobehavioral effects. Their question was could it be a prototype or would we find a parallel in human men? Any takers?
* North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University School of Medicine

18 June, 2010 | Poonam Vaswani | Reply

Poonam Vaswani Hello Richa,
Several studies have been conducted to find out the effect of soy consumption on male sex hormone. Many of these studies have been conducted on animals. The studies conducted on humans which showed a negative impact on testosterone levels had participants consuming very large amounts of soy- even upto 4 times the amount eaten normally.
Right now, it seems that a moderate consumption of soy should be safe for males of all age groups.

18 June, 2010 | Richa Sharma | Reply

Richa Sharma Ms Poonam, I have been avoiding giving soy or soya as we call it in India, to my son as I heard that if men or boys soya they develop some female characteristics due to its estrogenic activity. Can you tell me if it is true?

18 June, 2010 | Meenakshi | Reply

Meenakshi Can you tell me how much of soy should I include in my son's (11 years old) diet for him to get the benefits and are there any limitations on its consumption per day or per week? or is it best avoided?

24 July, 2010 | Poonam Vaswani | Reply

Poonam Vaswani Hello Ms Meenakshi
It will be absolutely safe for your son to have moderate amounts of soy everyday. About 1 serving per day would be just fine. That means he can have about 1/4th cup of solid soy or 4 oz of soy milk per day.

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