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Data show that soy supplements don't ease menopause

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What is a menopausal woman to do? A new study finds that taking soy supplements, a popular alternative to hormone-replacement therapy, doesn't help relieve the symptoms of menopause or protect against bone loss.

For the trial, researchers randomly assigned 248 women to take either 200 mg of soy isoflavones or placebo tablets daily. Neither the researchers nor the women knew who was taking which pills until the end of the study.

The results: after two years, measurements of bone-mineral density in the women's hips and spines showed no differences between the soy and placebo groups. Across the board, the women had...

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