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Phytoestrogens for menopausal vasomotor symptoms: A Cochrane review summary

      To aim of this Cochrane review was to assess the efficacy, safety and acceptability of food products, extracts and dietary supplements for the relief of vasomotor menopausal symptoms e.g. hot flushes and night sweats. Included women were either perimenopausal or postmenopausal women with spontaneous or surgical menopause; excluded women were those who had used hormone therapy less than month ago or had a history of breast cancer. Studies were randomised controlled comparisons of high levels of phytoestrogens (e.g. at least 30 mg/d of isoflavones) for more than 12 weeks versus placebo, HT, no treatment or products containing low levels of phytoestrogens.

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