Can soy supplements beat menopause symptoms?

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Doctors at the University of Southern California are seeking female volunteers to test the effects of soy-based nutritional supplements on menopause-related symptoms.

Called phytoSERMs, the plant-based nutritional supplements contain phytoestrogens, which come from plants and work like the female sex hormone estrogen.

USC is conducting the clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to find out whether the supplements might prevent memory loss and reduce hot flashes common to women during the aging process.

Hormone changes during menopause and a reduction in estrogen are linked to those symptoms.

Healthy women between the ages of 48 and 58 are eligible for the 16-week study that will take place at the Aging and Memory Center at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact recruitment and retention coordinator Nadine Diaz, M.S.W. at (323) 442-5775 or