NEW ORLEANS — Doctors may have finally found a cure for hot flashes: a healthy dose of tofu.
Researchers at the American Heart Assn.'s annual scientific meeting Sunday discussed the growing evidence that soybean protein, commonly found in tofu, may indeed relieve the miseries of menopause.
Dr. Gregory L. Burke of Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., outlined a study in which women suffering hot flashes reported significantly less intense symptoms after taking soy protein.
The 43 women, ages 45 to 55, suffered at least one bout of hot flashes or night-sweating daily. For six weeks, they added 20 grams of powdered soy protein to their diets, mixing it with orange juice or sprinkling it on cereal. For another six weeks, they did the same with powdered carbohydrate. No one knew until the end of the experiment which they were eating.