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Vegetable protein ‘can help protect against early menopause’

28th June 2017

Women who consume a large amount of vegetable proteins may be at a lower risk of experiencing an early menopause.

This is according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which has suggested that long-term high intake of protein from foods such as whole grains, soy and tofu may help to prolong reproductive function for women.

Researchers evaluated the relationship between diet and the risk of early menopause among participants of the Nurses' Health Study II, an ongoing prospective study of 116,000 women aged 25 to 42 that has been running since 1989.

Patients were asked about their intakes of 131 different foods, revealing that women who consumed approximately 6.5 percent of their daily calories as vegetable protein had a 16 percent lower risk of early menopause, compared to those whose vegetable protein intake made up four percent of calories.

Consuming enriched pasta, dark bread and cold cereal were linked with an especially low risk of menopause, while animal sources of protein showed no such benefits.

Researchers Maegan Boutot and Professor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson said: "A better understanding of how dietary vegetable protein intake is associated with ovarian ageing may identify ways for women to modify their risk of early onset menopause and associated health conditions."

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