Are urinary infections linked to the consumption of soya milk?

Soy products are an important part of your diet, as they do help reduce the symptoms of menopause. One of the most common of menopausal symptoms would be urinary tract infections. Soy products, whether tofu, soybeans, soy milk, or soy protein powder, are rich in phytoestrogens. Soy is particularly high in isoflavones, which are a type of phytoestrogen. Isoflavones are converted by intestinal bacteria into hormone like substances having protective, estrogenic activity. Research has found that these phytoestrogens counteract the harmful effects of toxic forms of estrogen, by flushing them out of receptor sites. Soya milk and soy products in general however have little direct bearing on urinary infections.

There are however a number of natural products and fruits that are beneficial for the prevention and treatment of urinary infections. Berries are particularly good as fibre enhances the digestive health, and their high antioxidant levels offer protection against infection and disease, and encourage cellular health and renewal. Blackcurrents, redcurrents, blackberries, and blueberries help to cleanse the blood and help with the circulation. Cranberries in particular are believed to be very beneficial for any infections of the urinary tract and kidneys or bladder. Commercial drinks however contain a lot of sugar, so you could make a juice at home using fresh cranberries, with apple as a sweetener.


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