Soy products are certified as Halaal and Kosher. They are not genetically modified in any way and are grown without the use of dangerous pesticides.
Soy protein is derived from the soya bean (Glycine max), which has been cultivated in Asia for centuries but has only recently begun to attain wide acceptance internationally. In the natural product industry, soy has been a staple for years. Recently, soy protein has been recognized as a dietary ingredient that has tremendous potential benefit.
Health Benefits of Soya Protein
Soya and soya-based food products are among the healthiest yet simple foods available. The increasing popularity of soya is mainly attributed to the many health benefits associated with it.
Soya bean has been cultivated and used in different ways for thousands of years. In China, it was considered as one of the holy crops alongside rice, wheat, and barley.
Benefits of Soya
There is no denying that soya has many health benefits. These health benefits are mainly due to the quality of the soy proteins and isoflavones genistein and daidzein.
These are the main health benefits of soya:
Soya improves bone health
Soya products, such as soy milk, do not contain a lot of calcium but the soya isoflavones may help to reduce the osteoporosis risk. Several studies have suggested that soya isoflavones may be a factor in helping to prevent bone loss. The isoflavone genistein seems to inhibit bone breakdown and may have similar effects than estrogens in maintaining bone tissue.
Soya can also indirectly improve bone health. Diets which are high in animal protein cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine. Replacing animal protein with soy protein may help to prevent calcium loss from the bones.
Soya relieves menopausal symptoms
Epidemiological data show that Asian women suffer less from hot flashes and night sweats compared to Western women. These symptoms of menopause are caused by low estrogen levels. Estrogens play a role in the body temperature control. Soya isoflavones can through their estrogen-like effect control these menopausal symptoms.
Soya reduces risk for heart diseases
In countries were soya products are ingested regularly, the rates of cardiovascular diseases is low. Research suggests that soya may help to prevent heart disease by reducing total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol and preventing plaque buildup in the arteries, which could lead to stroke or heart attack. These health benefits are also mainly attributes to the soya isoflavones. The soya isoflavone genistein may also increase the flexibility of blood vessels.
Soya helps to prevent certain cancers
Several studies have indicated that a regular intake of soya foods may help to prevent hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
Soya is very nutritive
Soya products such as tofu, tempeh and soya milk are very rich in protein. This protein is of very high quality because it contains all essential amino acids. The amino acids of soy combine very well with the amino acids of cereals. The soy protein is therefore very important for vegans.
Soya is a good source of lecithin and vitamin E. These natural antioxidants prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Soya is rich in magnesium, which plays an important function for the bones, heart and arteries.