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GARRIDO G, Argelia; DE LA MAZA C, María Pía  and  VALLADARES B, Luis. Potential health benefits of phytoestrogens. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2003, vol.131, n.11, pp.1321-1328. ISSN 0034-9887.

Human diet contains a series of bioactive vegetal compounds that can improve human health. Among these, there has been a special interest for phytoestrogens. This article reviews the evidence about the potential benefits of phytoestrogens for human health. Forty eight manuscripts were selected for their study design and relevance to human health. The cell growth inhibitory effects of phytoestrogens and their implication in breast cancer are reviewed. Also the effects of these compounds on serum lipid levels and the effectiveness of a phytoestrogen derivate, ipriflavone, on the prevention of osteoporosis are analyzed. Although these compounds have a great potential for improving health, there is still not enough evidence to recommend the routine use of phytoestrogens (Rev Méd Chile 2003; 131: 1321-28)

Keywords : Breast neoplasms; Isoflavones; Lipids and antilipemic agents; Phytoestrogen.

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