Soy and Women’s Health
An important recent study found that soy food
consumption did not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death among
survivors of breast cancer. Women in the highest intake category of soy foods
had a 9 percent reduced risk of mortality and a 15 percent reduced risk for
recurrence compared to those who had the lowest intake level. Researchers used
data from a multi-institution collaborative study called the After Breast Cancer
Pooling Project. Breast cancer outcomes were assessed, on average, nine years
after cancer diagnosis.
For postmenopausal women with hormone-sensitive breast
cancer, another recent study showed those who consumed high amounts of soy
isoflavones had a lower risk of recurrence. In addition, evidence suggests that
eating soy during childhood and/or adolescence reduces breast cancer later in
Soy and Men’s Health
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’s Benefits to Heart Health
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.”
Soy foods also help the heart when they replace other
sources of protein such as animal protein. This substitution reduces overall
saturated fat intake while increasing polyunsaturated fat intake, which lowers
In addition, soy isoflavones reduce heart disease risk
by inhibiting the growth of cells that form artery-clogging plaque. This plaque
can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Soy also improves the flexibility of blood
vessels, while another study shows a diet rich in isoflavones may improve the
function of arteries in stroke patients.
Put simply, soy is one amazingly healthy bean!
The Mighty Soy Bean
Soy contains significant amounts of all the essential
amino acids for humans, and is also a good source of protein. The beans contain
significant amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, omega-6 fatty acid, and the
isoflavones genistein and daidzein.
Soy isoflavones are responsible for most of soy’s health
benefits. Studies have shown 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.
Savor these Soy Safety Facts:
● Isoflavones in soy foods have no significant effects
on hormone levels in men or women.
● Soy foods are safe for a developing fetus.
● Women who eat soy foods have a lower risk of
developing breast cancer.
● No studies demonstrate a link between eating soy and
breast cancer recurrence or tumor growth in humans.
● Soy foods protect against thyroid cancer and have no
effect on thyroid function in healthy people.
Soy Remains at the Heart of Good
Throughout my 35+ years as a food scientist, one food
that has continually impressed me for its sheer health-promoting power is soy.
Whole soy powder, like that found in Reliv’s nutritional supplements, is
especially eff ective since it retains all of the protein, phytonutrients and
isoflavones thought to reduce risk for many serious diseases.
Soy is the foundation of several Reliv products and has
been an essential part of the Reliv nutrition Revolution since 1988. Yet it’s
important to recognize that soy is just one important part of a total package.
Soy alone offers 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 our products.
Recently, soy foods were highlighted in the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS)’s
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations. These guidelines include
recommendations to increase the intake of soy products and fortified soy
Others are finally catching on to what we’ve known for
years about soy benefits. And research continues to show the many ways soy
supports good health. So, cheers to your two Reliv shakes a day — you’re an
To your health,
Dr. Carl W. Hastings, Reliv Vice Chairman & Chief
Jeffrey C. Brown Independent Reliv International Distributor...