Soy—Nature's Miracle Food?
All too often people reach for medications to counteract diseases brought on by improper lifestyles and eating habits. What if there was a better way?
Scientists note that people who consume soy have significantly lower rates of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer (breast, colon and prostrate), and fewer menopausal symptoms. Several components of the soybean, including protein, fiber, calcium, essential fatty acids, and isoflavones offer the potential health benefits of soy.
The daily recommendation of isoflavones (the active ingredient of soy) is 47mg. This equals 3/4 cup tofu or 1-1/2 cups soy milk. The “anti-cancer” properties of soy are thought to be linked to its isoflavones. Studies have shown that soy decreases the development of breast and prostate tumors and cancer cells.
Here are just a few of the diseases and symptoms which may be alleviated by simply including more soy products into our diets . . .
OSTEOPOROSIS: Soy foods contain calcium, which promotes bone health in all age groups. It has been suggested that a diet high in soy may reduce the risk of osteoporosis by reducing bone loss and maintaining bone density.
CORONARY HEART DISEASE: The results of studies suggest that consuming soy protein daily may potentially reduce the risk for coronary heart disease by 18-28%. A diet high in soy protein (a minimum of 25 grams per day) has been shown to exert potential cardiovascular benefits including decreased total cholesterol (9.3%), decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol levels (13%), increased HDL (good) cholesterol levels, decreased
triglyceride levels, antioxidant properties, and possible protective effects on blood vessel walls.
MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS: Due to its rich isoflavone content, diets high in soy may control menopausal symptoms (length and severity of hot flashes, mood swings, excess hair growth) in women with low estrogen.
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE: Soy products contain no lactose, and may be an important component of lactose free diet.
Adding a bit of soy to your daily routine could make a world of difference. What have you got to lose?
(This article compliments of Kevin Wagner at http://www.cooking-solutions.com.)
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