Emerging Evidence on the Role of Soy in Reducing Prostate Cancer Risk
Abstract:Soyfoods are a unique dietary source of isofla-vones, which have both hormonal and non-hormonal effects relevant to prostate cancer prevention. In vitro, the main soybean isoflavone, genistein, inhibits prostate cancer cell growth; in animals, most but not all studies show isoflavone-rich soy protein and isolated isoflavones inhibit prostate tumor development. Currently, although only limited epidemiologic data indicate soy intake reduces prostate cancer risk, results from a pilot intervention trial suggest isoflavones may be beneficial to prostate cancer patients. For several reasons, men concerned about their prostate health may consider incorporating soy into their diet.
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