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Posted by Johny on October 17, 2000 at 13:30:27:

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My question is about phytoestrogens, muscle building, and the possible "feminizing" effect of tofu-and other soy-product. If such an effect clinically proven, or reasonably verifiable, I would like to diminish if not completely marginalize my intake of soy-based products. I am a man, 36 yrs old, and of course want to increase muscle mass. I weight train 6 times per week, aerobic exercise 4 times per week, and have been a vegetarian since the summer of 1991. As a vegetarian, I regularly eat tofu, usually every day and my vegetarian dietary intake of tofu supports the protein levels recommended by my trainer to maintain and build muscle. However, If by regularly consuming soy products I am creating a situation that equals of mimics a feminizing hormonal condition within my body, then perhaps I would be better off ingesting another protein source ( an alternate vegetarian protein source ).

Do you have info re: What does the research indicate? Where may I find more info on this issue? Are there foods that stimulate and increase good testosterone ( non-dyhedro ) hormone levels in the body?

Thanking you in advance,
J. Matos


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