Gauging effects of soy supplements

08/28/2003 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Soy supplements, which contain high doses of isoflavones, are promoted to fight cancer and heart disease. Results are inconsistent, though, and additional studies are being conducted to measure their effectiveness. Scientists caution those allergic to soy should avoid the supplements, as should women with breast cancer, because isoflavones are thought to increase tumor growth.

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