College of Professional Studies
Soy has become increasingly popular over the years. There have been both positive and negative benefits to consuming soy known to date. We aimed to show how the consumption of soy, particularly the phytoestrogen isoflavones components, affects patients with hyperthyroidism. Soy isoflavones are similar in both structure and function to human estrogen and can bind to mammalian estrogen receptors. This can create either estrogenic or anti-estrogenic effects. Hyperthyroidism is commonly influenced by estrogen activity so our study aimed to show how consuming soy can be beneficial.