Herbal Healing: Soybean Milk

As more people in the United States cut down on the amount of red meat in the diet, soy is rapidly gaining popularity. The main reason is that soy products, including soybean milk, are among the few plant foods that provide complete proteins, which are essential for a healthy diet and can be more difficult to obtain in a healthy diet that includes little meat. Not only is soy a good source of protein, it also contains chemical compounds that can play a role in fighting cancer, These compounds are plant based hormones called phytoestrogens. High levels of a specific class of phytoestrogens known as isoflavones are found in soy products. Isoflavones play two roles in preventing cancer. They act as antioxidants, protecting body cells from harmful effects of ” free radicals,: or unstable oxygen by products that can damage cell DNA. Isoflavones also act as antimutagens, preventing cell mutations that can develop into cancerous tumors. Some research also suggests isoflavones may prevent the negative effects of naturally occurring estrogen hormones that play a role in the development of breast cancer, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. In Asian countries, breast and prostate cancers are far lower where soy based diets are the norm.The phytoestrogens in soy may also help lessen the severity of symptoms for women going through menopause. Many experts suggest that women approaching menopause include soy in their diets daily. Contains and aids with : reduce blood cholesterol levels, good source of folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, lactose intolerance, osteoporosis, breast, ovarian,and endometrial cancers ( risk reduction )


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