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Soy and Women’s Health

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: cancer, heart disease, menopause, osteoporosis, soy foods | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Soy foods are attractive for women who cannot or will not use hormone replacement therapy.  Evidence has been shown that soy food intake can have the following benefits for women:

  • Decreased risk for heart disease:  For more information, check out the blog, “Soy for your Heart.”
  • Decrease in menopausal symptoms
  • Protection from osteoporosis
  • Lower risk of breast cancer
  • Lower risk of death and breast cancer recurrence in breast cancer patients

Research has found soy foods useful to treat menopause symptoms.  The two major phytoestrogens found in soy, genistein and daidzein, have been shown to mimic the effects of estradiole (the major human female estrogen) and tamoxifen (an antiestrogen used to protect against the spread of breast cancer).  Genistein has a mix of antiestrogen and proestrogen effects that help reduce menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women and protect against osteoporosis.  Asian women have less osteoporosis than Western women even though the calcium intake of Asian women is lower; research suggests that this is due to the increased soy intake of Asian women.      

In addition, genistein has been shown to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells in test tubes, and it slows the activity of several proteins that speed up tumor growth.  According to the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study that was recently published, women in China who had breast cancer and a higher intake of soy food had an associated lower risk of death and breast cancer recurrence.  The study concluded, “Soy food intake is safe and was associated with lower mortality and recurrence among breast cancer patients.”  The study suggests that intake of 11 grams per day of soy offers protective benefits for long-term health. 

For more information on breast health and the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study click on the following link:  http://www.soyconference.com/magazines/jan10.pdf  

So, enjoy soy milk on your cereal and in your coffee and tea.  Have soy nuts as a tasty snack or select an energy bar with soy protein.  Be chic and enjoy a healthy soy burger with all the trimmings.  The choices are out there and making a healthy choice will feel great.     

With Lacey Lamb

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The Healthy Truth about Soy

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: benefits, cancer, cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, LDL-cholesterol, nutrition, obesity, osteoporosis, soy foods | Tags: , , , , , , , |

            Soy foods have been used around the world for thousands of years because so many people realize its healthy qualities.  Extensive research documents the many health benefits of soy foods; the FDA approved the health claim that daily soy intake is heart-healthy.  Soy foods are produced from the soybeans grown in the United States and other countries.  These foods are nutrient-rich foods that contain the following:

  • high-quality protein
  • carbohydrates
  • fiber
  • healthy fats
  • plant estrogens (isoflavones)
  • vitamins and minerals
  • antioxidants 

            The advantages of whole soy foods, as opposed to foods with soy ingredients, are that the whole soybean has many health promoting benefits in addition to those provided by the ingredients alone.  Some popular whole soy foods include whole soybeans, green soybeans, also known as edamame, and dry roasted soy nuts.  In order to experience the benefits of soy foods, two of the following serving sizes are recommended per day:  ½ cup of cooked soybeans, 2/3 cup of green soybeans in the pod, 1 oz of roasted soy nuts, one glass of soy milk, ½ cup tofu, or six grams of isolated soy protein. 

            Research shows the following conditions and diseases benefit from soy foods:

  • Coronary heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure: View blog, “Soy for your Heart” for more details.
  • Menopause, breast cancer, osteoporosis:  Read blog, “Soy and Women’s Health,” for more information.
  • Cancer:  See upcoming blog, “Cancer Fighting Food:  Soy.”
  • Diabetes, obesity, kidney disease:  Upcoming blog titled, “Soy for Renal Health,” will have more details. 

Soy foods are one of the healthiest foods you can put on the table and are a tasty way to add variety to your diet.

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