Q: I went to your health lecture at The Villages last week and I really enjoyed the talk. You said ipriflavone was helpful to people with osteoporosis and I wanted more information about how it works, the dosage and side effects. Can you elaborate? - S.E., Lady Lake, Fla.
A: Ipriflavone may have a strange name, but it's a powerful skeleton builder. I like it almost as much as I like the mineral strontium for people with osteoporosis. The article regarding strontium is still posted at my Web site. Ipriflavone is a bit different. It's not a mineral, rather a semi-synthetic compound that is derived from soy. Soy, as many of you know has effects on the body that are similar to estrogen. Ipriflavone and its broken down metabolites confer estrogen-like effects to the body and work in a similar way to the hormone estrogen. That's how it increases bone mass, especially in post-menopausal women. It also shuttles more calcium to the bones.
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