Phytoestrogens in Nutrition - Do They Bring Benefit or Involve Risk ?

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J. Moravcovaa and T. Kleinovab

aDepartment of Chemistry of Natural Compounds, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, bResearch Institute of Animal Production, Prague


Phytoestrogens are secondary metabolites of plants displaying both estrogenic and antiestrogenic activity. Moreover, they can also act through other estrogen-independent mechanisms. Soya is their main source in human nutrition. Population-based studies have suggested that consumption of a phytoestrogen-rich diet protects from civilization diseases. The evaluation of their beneficial effects is rather confusing due to individual sensitivity of humans to biological effects of phytoestrogens.


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