Benefits of Soy for Health

By Anggita Friday, November 9, 2012

We often say that soy can be a substitute for meat for those who are classified as vegetarian. Soy is a storehouse of nutrients and health benefits you can get from a number of soy-based products such as soy milk, tofu, bean sprouts, beans, sauce and flour.

Soy is the kind of nuts that are common in East Asia. They are classified as oilseeds. Soy is considered a complete protein because of the amount of essential amino acids. Benefits of soy found in countries such as China and Japan, where people are less exposed to heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer and prostate gland.
Here are some health benefits you can get from soy:

1. Antioxidants
Soy contains compounds called isoflavones, where beneficial to improve health. These compounds are responsible for cell repair and prevent damage to cells caused by pollution, sunlight, and normal body processes.

2. Reduce the risk of heart disease
Protein and isoflavones present in soy, help in reducing LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and decreased likelihood of blood clots. This in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. The study showed that consumption of milk containing 25 grams of soy protein for nine weeks resulted in a decrease of 5% on average LDL cholesterol.

3. Preventing cancer
Isoflavones act as an anticancer agent against cancer cells. Protect the body from cancer of the uterus such hormones, breast and prostate.

4. Reversing the effects of endometriosis
Soy helps in delaying the action of the body's natural estrogen, which is responsible for reducing or preventing pain during menstrual periods (heavy bleeding) and other symptoms in women.

5. Preventing osteoporosis
Soy protein helps in better absorption of calcium in the bones. Isoflavones are present in soy foods serve to slow bone loss and inhibit bone breakdown, which in turn prevents osteoporosis.

6. Menopausal symptoms
The content of isoflavones in soy help to regulate estrogen. Research has found that soy isoflavones can reduce the loss of heat (hot flushes) in postmenopausal women.

7. Giving effect to both diabetes and kidney disease
Protein and soluble fiber in soybeans, regulate blood glucose levels and kidney filtration, thereby controlling diabetes and kidney disease.

8. Keeping the weight
The high fiber content of soybean as a tool for management (set) weight. It is a low glycemic index (GI) foods which regulate blood sugar and insulin fluctuations. So it can help control hunger. This will greatly help you in your weight loss process.

Sources : Lifemojo
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