Protecting your bones becomes serious business when you are in your 40s. As you get closer to menopause, your body produces less estrogen, and the hormone plays a key role in protecting you from bone loss. And that's important--the more brittle your bones are, the higher the chances they'll break when you fall.
So any thing that can improve your bone health is good. And British researchers have just found a possible way: Eat more soybean-based foods. Foods like tofu, tempeh, miso, and edamame are high in isoflavones, chemicals that are similar in structure to estrogen and can act like the hormone in the body. And researchers found that when women consumed about 66 mg of isoflavones, they not only had strong bones but better cardiovascular health. That means a lower risk of osteoporosis--when bones become brittle--AND heart disease.
To get to the ideal daily amount, just swap one of your glasses of milk for soy milk--it contains 30 mg of isoflavones--and either eat a soy-based yogurt or a small bowl of miso soup. Done!
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