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Does daily intake of soya isoflavones reduce blood sugar level?

Q: Does soya isoflavones intake in diet (20 g/day) reduce blood sugar level? If yes, can I take it continuously?

A:Numerous reports indicate that, because soya bean is high in isoflavones, it can prevent illness and promote good health. Isoflavones are a class of phytochemicals, which are compounds found only in plants (phyto means plant). They are also a type of phytoestrogen, or plant hormone, that resembles human oestrogen in chemical structure, yet are weaker. By mimicking human oestrogen at certain sites in the body, isoflavones provide many health benefits that help you to avoid disease. Isoflavones are found in soybeans, chick peas, and other legumes. However, soybeans are unique because they have the highest concentration of these powerful compounds. You should discuss this with your doctor or dietitian and follow their advice.


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