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THE HEALING POWER OF SOY'S ISOFLAVONES
by Monique N. Gilbert
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Numerous reports indicate
that, because soy is high in isoflavones, it
can prevent illness and promote good health. Isoflavones are a class
phytochemicals, which are compounds found only in plants (phyto means
They are also a type of phytoestrogen, or plant hormone, that
human estrogen in chemical structure yet are weaker. By mimicking
estrogen at certain sites in the body, isoflavones provide many health
The North American Menopause Society suggests that soy isoflavones can also be a natural alternative to estrogen replacement therapy for relief of mild menopausal symptoms. It may help offset the drop in estrogen and regulate its fluctuations that occur at menopause. Many women have reported a reduction in their hot flashes and night sweats when they regularly consume soy foods, like tempeh or tofu. All these findings suggest eating soy foods, natural sources of isoflavones, can protect and enhance your overall health. Isoflavones work together with soy protein in fighting disease. Studies show that isoflavones account for approximately three-fourths of soy's protection, while its protein is responsible for about one-fourth. The best way to consume isoflavones is in food form, so that you can benefit from all of soy's nutrients and beneficial compounds. The highest amounts of isoflavones and soy protein are found in tempeh, whole soybeans (like edamame), textured soy protein, soynuts, tofu and soymilk. Researchers recommend consuming at least one to two servings a day. A serving is equal to 1 ounce of soynuts; 4 ounces of tempeh, textured soy protein (cooked), or edamame; or 8 ounces of soymilk.
For those new to soy, I recommend slowly adding
it to your diet, until
you develop a taste for it. In spaghetti sauces, replace ground beef
textured soy protein. Use tofu instead ricotta cheese in lasagna, or
herb dips with it in a food processor. Use soymilk to cream soups or
smoothies. People on the run can always eat soynuts. Tempeh is
one of the
easiest soy foods prepare. To make a grilled tempeh sandwich, just
into slices, sprinkle on some soy sauce, saute with sliced onions and pile
on some bread. Remember, you will only continue to eat healthy foods
taste good. So, experiment and have fun trying out new ways to enjoy
soy. For more information about soy, visit the Virtues of Soy website at
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