The Soy Connection for Health Professionals

Health & Nutrition - Fall 2015 - Vol 23, No 4 Soy and Mental Health

In This Issue: 

  • Epidemiological studies have suggested that a healthy dietary pattern including fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and legumes is protective against depression. Conversely, a dietary pattern high in nutrient-poor foods may increase the risk of depression. Meditative techniques and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) are two of the most well-studied methods for stress reduction. The term meditation refers to the act of spending quiet time focusing on a particular thought, object, or sound, for the purpose of relaxation. The addition of fermented foods, including fermented soyfoods, may improve cognitive function for those with mental health conditions.

Diet soy isoflavones and mood

The prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety are of increasing global importance due to the substantial health, social and economic burden they impose. Major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders are among the leading causes of “years lived with disability”. The global cost of these conditions in 2010 was estimated to be $2.5 trillion. Depression affects approximately 350 million people worldwide. In the United States, the rate of antidepressant treatment increased from 5.8% in 1996 to 10.1% in 2005 or from 13.3 to 27.0 million persons. Read more

Mental Health Issues And Fermented Foods

The addition of fermented foods, including fermented soyfoods, may improve cognitive function for those with mental health conditions. Originally developed in Asia hundreds of years ago, there are several types of fermented soyfoods. The most widely available such foods are miso, natto, soy yogurt, tamari, and tempeh. Read more

Modalities for Stress Reduction: What Works?

The adverse effects of stress on physical and psychological health are well established. The impact of stress on existing medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and pregnancy is evident in the literature. Therapies to achieve stress which are supported by the literature include meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and omega-3 supplementation. Read more