Soy Diets Might Increase Women’s Bone Strength

Soy has gotten a bad reputation over the years. Some state is causes too much estrogen in the body. Others state soy as a protein source is inferior to other sources. At the end of the day I’ve has always been one to say it’s about the quality of the food that matters most. High quality, minimally processed soy is showing some benefits!

Osteoporosis is very prevalent in aging women. Decreased physical activity and weight gain only help to facilitate the breakdown of bone structure. However, researchers out of University of Missouri have discovered that a diet rich in soy protein can help to counter the negative effects of deteriorating bone health especially in menopausal women. A diet rich in soy protein includes food such as soy milk and tofu.

Pamela S. Hinton, Laura C. Ortinau, Rebecca K. Dirkes, Emily L. Shaw, Matthew W. Richard,

Terese Z. Zidon, Steven L. Britton, Lauren G. Koch, Victoria J. Vieira-Potter. Soy protein

improves tibial whole-bone and tissue-level biomechanical properties in ovariectomized

and ovary-intact, low-fit female rats. Bone Reports, 2018; 8: 244 DOI: