Antioxidant

Oxygen stress is believed to contribute to menopause and degenerative changes associated with ageing and it is suggested that antioxidants such as soy isoflavones may help to protect mitochondria against premature oxidative damage (Miquel et al 2006). Although several clinical trials have suggested that soy intake decreases oxidative stress and that soy isoflavones, such as genistein, have antioxidant properties in vitro, results of supplementation in clinical trials are inconclusive. Furthermore, diets relatively high in soy protein or soy-derived isoflavones are s 1110

reported to have little effect on plasma antioxidant capacity or biomarkers of oxidative stress (Vega-Lopez et al 2005).

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