Heart Health

iStock_000010778409XSmall-e1328902916883Women entering menopause, a time when estrogen production stops, are at an increased risk of developing high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, as well as high blood pressure. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be beneficial because it helps to lower cholesterol and improve the elasticity of the arterial walls, its long-term safety is still being evaluated.

A natural alternative to HRT may be isoflavones, which are found abundantly in soybeans. It has been shown that SoyLife® isoflavones may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. That’s because isoflavones are antioxidant compounds that have a weak estrogenic (hormone-like) effect. They help to prevent or inhibit the development of LDL (bad) cholesterol – which leads to an improvement in the LDL/HDL ratio.