Soy usage and its consequences upon men
Soy is anything that is made from soybean, a grain that is rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, fibres, minerals and vitamins. Soybean is termed as a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids that are required by the body. These essential elements are important to keep the body functioning to its optimum level and provide energy to the body. Therefore, soybean is termed as the single most beneficial food product. Soy in its various assortments provides diverse benefits to the heart, blood vessels, prostate, colon, bones and the immune system especially in men.
What is soy?
Soy is anything that is made from soybean, a grain that is rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, fibres, minerals and vitamins. Soybean is termed as a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids that are required by the body. We all know that these essential elements are important to keep the body functioning to its optimum level and provide energy to the body. Therefore, soybean is termed as the single most beneficial food product.
Soybean can be processed in to a variety of foodstuffs, oil, milk and other different assortments.
In men, soybean is known to have positive effects on the heart, bones, prostate and the immune system.
Let us understand the positive consequences of soybean on men:
Reduced risk of heart disease:
As we have already read, soybean is a complete protein. In addition to this, it has monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids in it. This means that soy milk does not have the saturated fatty acids (bad cholesterol). Moreover, there cholesterol level in soy milk is almost zero. To add to the good news, prolonged and regular intake of soy milk not only increases the good cholesterols levels (high density lipoproteins) but also decreases the bad cholesterol (triglyceride and low density lipoproteins) levels in the body. This means that soy milk actually improves the blood lipid profile of a person with cholesterols problems and clogged arteries. Thus, soy milk and soy preparations reduce the risk of heart diseases in men.
Prevent prostate cancer:
As men age, there are changes that the prostate gland becomes enlarged or undergoes abnormalities resulting in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is known to be caused by an excessive production and storage of male sex hormone testosterone after a certain age. Soy preparations contain phytoestrogen, which is plant hormone that inhibits the production of testosterone. Also, soy preparations are a rich source of proteins that inhibit the enzymes that stimulate prostate cell growth. Soy is also rich in isoflavanones which is an excellent antioxidant.
Both the properties of reduced production of testosterone and other prostate cancer growth enzymes and antioxidation are responsible in preventing prostate cancer.
Maintain health bones:
It has been studied that the phytoestrogen in the soy milk is instrumental in improving the calcium absorption in the body. This leads to prevention of loss of bone mass and promotes resistance to loss of minerals from the body. It can be further beneficial to consume soy milk that is fortified with extra calcium and vitamin D to ensure better calcium absorption.
Promote weight loss:
The monosaturated fatty acids present in soy milk actually inhibit the intestinal absorption of fat, making soy milk a very healthy alternative to cow milk. Also, soy milk has only about 80 calories in a cup of milk which is equivalent the calories present in a cup of skim milk. In addition to these benefits, drinking soy milk makes and keeps your stomach fuller for a longer time due to the presence of fibres in it. Thus, soy milk promotes weight loss!
Protect blood vessels:
The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids bind to the blood vessel lining and prevent the cholesterol deposits on the blood vessel linings. Also, the powerful phyto-antioxidants in soy prevent and fight the attacks of free radicals on the blood vessel linings. Thus they prevent the blood vessels from legions and haemorrhage. The blood vessels also become more resilient to changes in the blood pressure as they become more flexible and fluidic thanks to the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Thus soy strengthens the blood vessel integrity.
Maintain colon health:
Soy is also known to reduce the proliferation of colorectal cancer.
Thus, soy in its various assortments provides diverse benefits to the heart, blood vessels, prostate, colon, bones and the immune system.