What You Should Know
Solaray Phytoestrogen is designed for females entering the perimenopause or menopause stage of life. The supplement ingredients claim to naturally support estrogen and supply phyto (plant) estrogen. While there are no clinical studies proving phytoestrogens like Solaray Phytoestrogen reduce the risk of cancer or reduce menopause side effects, there is some evidence supporting these claims. The studies, however, are limited and there are just as many studies proving phytoestrogens have no effect. We found some studies claiming soy products promoted cancer growth, especially breast cancer. Breast cancer is an estrogen dependent cancer that feeds on estrogen for growth.
List of Ingredients
Non-GMO Soy Bean Extract, MexiYam Root, Black Cohosh Root, Dong Quai Root, Borage Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Seed Oil and Organic High-Lignan Flax Seed Oil.
The alternative market for menopause symptom prevention and treatment is laden with black cohosh supplements. Black cohosh is not proven to have any effect on hot flashes or menopause symptoms. Just because an ingredient has been used for years does not mean it is effective. Dong quai falls into the same category. There is limited clinical research and no proven, positive result for the woman nearing menopause or in menopause.
We like the fact that Solaray Phytoestrogen includes EFAs or essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are a good source of omega 3s, which the body uses to prevent cardiovascular disease. But, there are plenty of EFA supplements that do not contain phytoestrogens that may cause an increase in cancer risk.
Solaray offers an official website and the products in the line are listed and described on the manufacturer website. We found several trusted vitamin companies selling Solaray products. The price of Solaray Phytoestrogen is higher than that of competitor products with similar ingredients.
- Ingredients for Solaray Phytoestrogen are listed online.
- EFAs may help protect against cardiovascular disease.
- Available online through several vitamin retailers.
- May improve estrogen levels.
- Black cohosh is not proven to have any health benefit.
- Will not reduce the symptoms of menopause.
- May increase the risk of breast cancer.
- No clinical studies are offered by Solaray to support health benefits.
- More expensive than comparable products from other companies.
Dieters need to watch ingredient lists and product descriptions closely. This product contains some ingredients that are beneficial for heart health and other ingredients that may increase the risk of breast cancer and other estrogen-dependent forms of cancer. With the clinical world still out on a final decision, we believe it best to stay away from ingredients with unknown effects on the body. Solaray Phytoestrogen will not improve weight loss or metabolism. The supplement is not available in all vitamin stores.