Studies continue to illustrate the many health benefits of soy. Whether you’re looking to reduce cholesterol, minimize menopausal symptoms, or protect against health problems, soy is a simple, effective way to take control of your health. And with Reliv’s advanced line of soy-based products, harnessing the power of soy has never been easier!
Soy isoflavones are true multi-taskers, tackling everything from promoting heart health, alleviating hot flashes associated with menopause, increasing bone density, and lowering the risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers. In addition, protein-rich soy foods may help you lose weight and fat when substituted for other sources of protein.
Researchers have found that soy-based diets reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. In 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a health claim about soy protein and heart disease based on soy’s cholesterol-lowering effects. The claim states that “25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Growing evidence shows that soy protein shakes may be among the best alternatives for losing weight. Soy is naturally low in calories and carbohydrates. Researchers at Iowa State University, however, discovered two additional properties of soy that boost weight loss beyond simply cutting calories. The Iowa State study showed that consuming soy protein rich in isoflavones decreases fat deposition (storage) while increasing muscle mass. This is especially important since lean muscle tissue burns up to 17 times more calories than the same amount of fat tissue, even at rest.
In postmenopausal women, the phytoestrogens in soy may slow bone loss. In addition, many soy foods are high in calcium and contain magnesium and boron, which work together with calcium for better bone health. Studies also show that soy may help reduce cancer risk — including breast cancer risk in premenopausal women.
Researchers at Northwestern University have found that a new, nontoxic drug made from soy’s isoflavone genistein could prevent cancer cells in the prostate from spreading to the rest of the body. So far, the cancer therapy drug has worked in preclinical animal studies and now shows benefits in humans with prostate cancer.
Soy is the foundation of several Reliv nutrition shakes. Yet it’s important to recognize that soy is just one important part of a total package. Soy supplementts alone offer an array of benefits ranging from menopause relief to disease prevention and weight loss. But it’s the additional ingredients that work synergistically to make soy such a powerhouse in Reliv products.
Science & Health Today: May 2008