Soybeans contain compounds called isoflavones (natural estrogens), which have many health benefits.
Study after study has shown that soy is an amazing natural remedy that prevents and fights cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases. Best of all, this remedy is also the perfect food. There are even special crops of soybeans that are used to make soy milk without a beany taste. Chances are you will love soy milk (and the beany taste) after a while, even if you do not at first. Soy milk tastes great!
"Scientific research has discovered that adding two ounces of soy to your daily diet can help fight breast and prostate cancer, battle coronary artery disease, ease menopause symptoms, lower your cholesterol, and give a boost to your immune system" - Dr. Earl Mindell (Soy Miracle, Fireside, New York, 1995)
Soy foods reduce the risk of breast cancer and helps ease the symptoms of menopause.
Soy foods contain isoflavones known as genistein and daidzein, a naturally occurring plant form of estrogen that will replicate the function of estrogen in post-menopausal women.
Soy foods reduce the risk of prostate cancer by inhibiting cell growth. The mechanism is not yet clear, but research has shown that men who eat a diet high in soy have a much lower incidence of the disease.
Soy foods reduce the risk of many digestive disorders because of its high fiber content. This aids in healthy digestion, and has shown to reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer.
Soy milk is dairy-free (there are a few soy cheeses that contain milk proteins, so be careful when purchasing them) and can be used as a substitute for lactose intolerance and milk allergies.
Soy milk is great for the dietary treatment of diabetes because soybeans have a low glycemic index and are cholesterol free (heart disease is a diabetic related condition).
Soy foods can be used as a protein source in vegetarian diets because they
the necessary amount of essential amino acids for tissue repair and growth.
Soy is essential for the future of our planet. Soy can be used to feed large numbers of people and animals. Soy is inexpensive to produce, and replenishes the soil rather than depletes it.
Soy is an abundant, economical protein source. And soy products offer numerous additional health benefits, from lowering the risk of cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases to easing the symptoms of menopause.
The soybean is called "health insurance in a pod" for good reason. Soybeans contain rich amounts of protein, iron, B vitamins, calcium and zinc. Soybeans are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Researchers reported in the August 3, 1995 New England Journal of Medicine that soy protein significantly lowers cholesterol levels of people with moderately high to high cholesterol.
What is special in soybeans that
helps fight heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and more?
Soybeans are well known for reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. Soy milk has no cholesterol and since it contains no lactose, it is an ideal source of protein for more than half the world population suffering from lactose intolerance.
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