In “Is Soy Actually Beneficial in Balancing Hormone Levels?”, we examined the nutritional value of soy and how one of the ways it helps stabilize moods is that it provides carbohydrates without triggering a strong insulin response, which is good news for those whose moods are affected by unstable or fluctuating sugar levels.
But what about the claim that soy can help balance hormones, particularly those related to PMS and menopause? How does adding soy to a diet help in that case?
This article will examine the question: does soy have an effect on PMS symptoms and, if so, what kind of an effect?
The Problem with PMS
Approximately two weeks before the onset of a woman’s menstrual period, her estrogen levels increase. These increased estrogen levels can lead to a variety of symptoms that affect moods and emotional health including:
- feeling “out of control”
- crying spells
- panic attacks
- feelings of hostility and anger
- inability to concentrate
- decreased work or social performance
- food cravings
- fluid retention
- heart palpitations
- weight gain
About 40 million women suffer from some form of PMS in the United States and, for some, it affects their entire lives for two weeks out of every month.
No two women experience the same symptoms or the same severity of symptoms. Some women’s symptoms are mild and easy to deal with. Other women find themselves fighting with their family, husbands, boyfriends, and/or children, and have difficulty concentrating at work or on assignments. In general, our bodies don’t quite feel right and we don’t quite feel right within them – just after two normal weeks where we thought things were fine.
For years, the search has continued for a way to balance off these hormones and most agree that the most natural way to do something is often the best, decreasing our dependence on man-made chemicals.
Soy has been discovered to be one of those methods.
How Soy Works for PMS