n. (context organic chemistry English) any of a class of polyphenolic phytoestrogens found in soybeans and similar plants that may have beneficial health properties
Usage examples of "isoflavone".
Before you start popping isoflavone pills, fortified candy bars, or chewing gum, however, you should know a little bit about how isoflavones work and how they amplify the benefits of soy protein.
Soy Zone, but I do feel that these preliminary research results should deter you from taking isoflavone supplements.
I am against isoflavone supplementation in pill form until more research is completed about the benefits and risks of large amounts of isoflavones.
Role of soy protein with normal or reduced isoflavone content in reversing bone loss induced by ovarian deficiency in rats.
Research suggests that these isoflavones may ward off a variety of diseases from heart disease to cancer to osteoporosis and to alleviate hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
Beyond isoflavones, some soy products pack a wallop of bone-building calcium.
Soy protein is also rich in phytochemicals known as isoflavones, and these substances may have unique disease-fighting powers.
Like many micronutrients hailed as magic bullets, isoflavones have been isolated and put into pill form.
Since they can actually bind to estrogen receptors found on cells, these two isoflavones are known as phytoestrogens.
In fact, a 1996 study of women who consumed 40 grams of soy protein isolate containing isoflavones per day found that these women experienced an increase in their bone mass.
In high amounts, isoflavones may have potential negative effects on other hormones, especially in terms of thyroid function.
Some preliminary studies suggest that excess isoflavones can adversely affect the binding of thyroid hormones, which can lead to an underactive thyroid function.
It appears that isoflavones need to be consumed with soy protein in order to exert their cardiovascular and hormonal benefits.
There could also be an unknown factor in soy that works with isoflavones to bring about health benefits.
This process, however, also removes the beneficial isoflavones, which have numerous health benefits.