Benefits of Soy

Last time we talked about being careful about what soy we use.  Today think about your body.  Are you looking for: ~ increased energy ~ stabilized blood sugar ~ protection for your  heart and lower cholesterol ~ phytochemical compounds (isoflavones) that reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer ~ help to prevent osteoporosis ~ prevention of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms ~ development of healthier cells with a healthier diet  ~ something to build enzymes, antibodies, hormones, hair, skin and nails?

Then think about a safe, pure, non-GMO, water-washed soy product which contains all the essential and non essential amino acids.  Remember the nine essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be obtained from the diet.

STRESS is the greatest factor in protein utilization in the body. Under stress the body’s
demand for amino acids increases six times. Soy is so readily available to the body; it
can help counter these changes. Other proteins just take too long to digest and do not
supply an adequate amount of amino acids. So in most cases the body must attack the
muscles to try and get the amino acids that are needed.

You may think soy is just for women; not so.  “Real men should eat soy,” said Kenneth Setchell, professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Childrens Medical Center, who has studied soy for 30 years. “Generally, men are put off by soy. It tends to be sort of a woman’s thing. That’s a great pity, because the evidence that soy protects against prostate cancer is quite strong.”

BONE HEALTH:  Studies suggest that soy helps preserve bone and may help build it in some people. While nearly all the research has been done in women, who suffer more extreme bone loss with age than do men, researchers say there’s no reason to suggest that soy may not also help protect older men from osteoporosis.
BLOOD PRESSURE:  Soy appears to lower blood pressure slightly. It also seems to lower blood pressure by “improving elasticity of blood vessels,” Setchell said.
CHOLESTEROL:  Since 1999, foods containing 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving can be promoted for their ability to lower blood cholesterol when combined with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. About 25 grams of soy protein daily helps lower the most damaging form of blood cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — by up to about10
percent and total cholesterol by up to 7 percent.
COLON CANCER:  A few studies suggest that soy may help protect against colon cancer, but the evidence is still emerging.
DIABETES:  Soy contains healthy carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, meaning they are less likely than more processed carbs to raise blood sugar levels. New research also suggests that eating soy food appears to help protect the kidneys of those with diabetes, especially those with type 1.  Studies in Europe and at the University of Illinois also suggest that soy helps reduce protein in the urine of people with diabetes, which can help reduce kidney damage, a common complication of diabetes.
HAIR LOSS: Soy helps boost production in the intestines of equol, a substance that binds to dihydrotestosterone, the chief culprit in causing hair follicles to die. Although still in early investigation, Setchell and other researchers theorize that boosting equol could help protect against baldness.
MUSCLES: As a protein source, soy ranks at the top of the list. But no need to take massive doses of soy protein supplements or powder to build more muscle. Eating a soy burger, a handful of soy nuts or a soy smoothie after a weight training session is plenty to help repair muscle, according to Jeff Potteiger, an exercise physiologist at Miami
University in Ohio.
PROSTATE:  In Asian countries, where soy consumption is high, incidence of prostate cancer is similar to that in Western countries, but the disease is much less likely to kill. Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists, who eat no meat, have found that drinking one glass per day of soy milk appears to lower prostate cancer risk by 30 percent; two glasses per day may lower risk by up to 70 percent. At the University of North Carolina, researchers found men with elevated blood levels of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) who took megadoses of soy showed a significant slowing in rise of the PSA.
WAISTLINE: Soy foods are lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat than comparable meat products, and they have zero cholesterol — all benefits that can help protect against obesity. There’s also some evidence that soy may help reduce buildup of dangerous visceral abdominal body fat, according to Anderson.

“Soy is a very healthy food,” said physician James Anderson, who has studied soy for 15 years at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and is convinced enough of its benefits to eat about a dozen servings of soy per week. “It’s very safe.”

If you would like to read the complete article on soy, which gives even more details by doctors who have studied soy for many many years, please let me know.

2 thoughts on “Benefits of Soy

    • Thanks for the testimony, Melanie. I find the same satisfied feeling to be true for me too. And actually it was the soy protein that turned my husband from a Shaklee sceptic to a Shaklee believer, since it really helped to balance his blood sugar.

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