Soy is loaded with properties that are very healthy when consumed by humans. Because soy contains proteins, amino acids, calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals, it can heal many disorders of the body.
Continue reading below to learn more about the benefits of soy.
Overall Soy Health Benefits
The properties contained in soy provide a number of benefits for humans who consume soy. Listed below are a few of the major benefits of soy.
Strong bones: Soy contains some calcium but it is the isoflavones in soy that help to keep bones strong. Isoflavones may prevent bone breakdown and work in the same fashion as estrogens in maintaining bone tissue. Sufficient soy intake is especially important to women to prevent osteoporosis that comes naturally with age.
It is also known that diets consisting of high levels of animal protein results in a greater loss of calcium excreted through urine. By replacing animal protein with soy protein more calcium is maintained, further decreasing bone loss.
Cancer Prevention: Soy can prevent prostate cancer in men. For pre-menopausal women it can also act as a prevention for breast cancer though it may increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
Reduced Heart Risk: A diet rich in soy can maintain bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart related problems. As it contains fiber it further helps the metabolism combat bad cholesterol. It also prevents plaque buildup in arteries which can lead to a stroke or heart attack. This may be attributed to soy isoflavones which can increase the flexibility of blood vessels.
Menopause: Soy can help prevent and calm symptoms associated with menopause. As soy contains estrogen-like properties, it can ease menopause symptoms which occur in response to the body's dropping estrogen levels. It is especially helpful in easing hot flashes and night sweats.
Certain soy products, such as tofu, tempeh and soy milk are rich in protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. Soy is rich in vitamin and other antioxidants that prevent cholesterol. The magnesium in soy provides healthy bones, hearts and arteries.
Now that it´s been explained the benefits of soy as a herb for menopause, click on the following link to learn about the side effects of soy.
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Today women are looking for relief from their menopause symptoms with herbs. Phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs are good in relieving menopause symptoms, but recent studies show that non-estrogenic herbs have no side effects because they help the body to produce its own hormones instead of introducing hormones like the phytoestrogenic ones. Learn more about non-estrogenic herbs