Menopause Remedy – Jump For Soy

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Natural Menopause Remedy – Jump For Soy!

Soybeans boast some extraordinary benefits. Apart from being the only vegetable protein with all the essential amino acids, soybeans have many other virtues...including safe weight loss, controlling symptoms of menopause, reduction of cholesterol levels, guard against osteoporosis, reduce the chance of cancer and more. These are all important issues to anyone experiencing menopause.

According to Dr David Heber in "The LA Shape Diet", women who are on a weight loss program need about 100 grams of protein per day to fight against hunger and to build their personal lean muscle shape while still losing weight. Without an appropriate level of protein, women in particular, risk losing 1 pound of muscle for every 4 pounds of weight lost.

1. Control symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Soy's isoflavones help the body regulate estrogen when this hormone is declining or fluctuating, which helps alleviate many menopausal and PMS symptoms. Research has shown that soy isoflavones can reduce menopausal hot flushes in women.

2. Reduces the risk of heart disease. Soy lower LDL cholesterol and decreases blood clotting, which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. In one study, people who drank 25g of soy protein for nine weeks experienced, on average, a 5% reduction in LDL cholesterol. And people with the highest LDL levels experienced an 11% drop. (For each 10% to 15% drop in the LDL level, the risk of a heart attack decreases 20% to 25%).

3. Protection against cancer. Soy's soluble fiber protects the body from many digestive related cancers, such as colon and rectal cancer. While its isoflavones may protect the body from many hormone related cancers, like breast, endometrial (uterine) and prostate cancer.

4. Guard against osteoporosis. Soy's protein enhances the body's ability to retain and better absorb calcium in the bones, while its isoflavones slow bone loss and inhibit bone breakdown, which helps prevent osteoporosis. There is evidence to suggest that isoflavones may also assist in creating new bone. This is especially important for menopausal women.

5. Soy contains health enhancing isoflavones. Isoflavones are compounds found only in plants which have strong antioxidant properties. These compounds repair, and help prevent damage to cells caused by pollution, sunlight, and normal body processes.

6. Help control diabetic conditions and kidney disease. Soy's protein and soluble fiber help regulate glucose levels and kidney filtration, which helps control diabetic conditions and kidney disease.

With such the health benefits of soy, how can you overlook this wonderful food source? Gone are the days when the only way soy products came were in nasty meat substitute products. Now soy is available in several forms, so experiment with various soy products, such as soy milk, until you find the soy for you. Then jump for soy!

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