Soy


    This fact sheet provides basic information about soy—uses, potential side
    effects, and resources for more information. Soy, a plant in the pea family, has
    been common in Asian diets for thousands of years. It is found in modern
    American diets as a food or food additive. Soybeans, the high-protein seeds of
    the soy plant, contain isoflavones-compounds similar to the female hormone
    estrogen. The following information highlights what is known about soy when used
    by adults for health purposes.

    Common Names—soy

    Latin Names—Glycine max

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    What It Is Used For

    People use soy products to prevent or treat a variety of health conditions,
    including high cholesterol levels, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes,
    osteoporosis, memory problems, high blood pressure, breast cancer, and prostate
    cancer.

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