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The debate about whether or not soy helps ease the discomfort associated with menopause rages on, but that is not the only reason women over 40 should be eating soy. Recent studies show that eating soy can lower your cholesterol and that eating soy protein helps maintain lean muscle mass as we age. This is especially important for women who tend to lose muscle mass and strength very rapidly during and after menopause. This loss of muscle mass significantly contributes to slowing a woman's metabolism as she ages. The studies indicate that women should be getting 20-25 grams of soy protein every day to reap these benefits.