Vegetable protein could prolong female fertility – iNews

A diet rich in vegetable protein could prolong fertility in women, a new study suggests.

Researchers have found that a high intake of foods such as soy, tofu and wholegrains may protect women from an early menopause, defined as beginning before the age of 45.

Furthermore, they anticipate that high levels of vegetable protein could push back the menopause among women over the age of 45, potentially prolonging fertility across the board although they caution that the study only looked at early menopause so they cant say for sure at this stage.

No such relationship was observed with animal protein, according to the study, by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

A better understanding of how dietary vegetable protein intake is associated with ovarian aging may identify ways for women to modify their risk of early onset menopause and associated health conditions

Maegan Boutot

The menopause typically occurs between the age of 45 and 55, although for one in ten women it begins earlier. Early menopause is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, osteopororis and an accelerated decline in cognitive abilities, such as memory and thinking skills.

A better understanding of how dietary vegetable protein intake is associated with ovarian aging may identify ways for women to modify their risk of early onset menopause and associated health conditions, said Maegan Boutot, of UMASS Amherst.

The study is published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

What the study entailed:

Participants were asked to report how often they ate a single serving of 131 foods, beverages and supplements over the previous year, from never or less than once a month to 6+ per day.

They observed that women consuming approximately 6.5 percent of their daily calories as vegetable protein had a significant 16 percent lower risk of early menopause compared to women whose intake was approximately 4 percent of calories.

For a woman with a 2,000 calorie per day diet, a diet high in vegetable protein is equal to three to four servings of such foods as enriched pasta, breakfast cereal, tofu and nuts, or about 32.5 grams a day.

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