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How soy effects the hormones in the body

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How soy effects the hormones.

Today I am discussing the topic of soy and how it effects the body. Many people have concerns about using soy. Here’s the thing, not all soy is bad HOWEVER there are certain areas of soy you need to avoid to help maintain good health!
In the video I discussed
  • GMO soy and why it is bad for you
  • WHO actually consumes the most GMO soy (Hint: it’s NOT vegetarians or vegans 😉
  • The dangerous form of soy hidden in your meal replacement, weight loss shake, and muscle building powder.
  • AND…..the beverage in the world that contains MORE phytoestrogen than SOY!!!!! (Another hint…..men consume the most of it!!!!!) Link is below the video

 

Below I have listed a few “myths” that many people believe about soy and how soy effects hormones in the body. I have linked some videos that help explain it better with studies and research. I recommend you watch these videos by Dc Micheal Greger as it will help place your mind at ease and educated you on what BS the food industry is feeding you.
The info below was obtained from the plentteousveg.com so go check them out for more interesting and informative information about plant based living!
 

Myth #1: Soy contains isoflavones which can effect hormones

This is the claim about soy which incites the most fear, especially in men. Anti-soy advocates say that the isoflavones in soy, chemicals which are similar to estrogen, will cause estrogen-like effects and reduce testosterone levels. The fear mongers can often be heard saying that soy will cause testicular shrinkage, lower sperm counts, increased body fat, decrease muscle mass and, if given to infant boys, can disrupt development.
The soy isoflavones can have an effect on estrogen receptors, which is why soy is commonly recommended for treating symptoms of menopause. But here is where the anti-soy advocates get it wrong. They neglect to mention that there is more than one type of estrogen receptor in the body. Soy does not have any effect on the estrogen receptors which would cause problems like smaller testicles or reducing testosterone levels (here is a GREAT source to read even further the benefits of soy in the body source).
In a meta analysis of 50 treatment groups, researchers found that soy did not cause reduced testosterone levels. No study has ever found that soy causes reduced fertility, even when soy is given to infants (source). However, soy is associated with numerous benefits for men. An analysis of 14 studies found that soy reduces the risk of prostate cancer. This show a positive effect on the body and how soy effects hormones.

Myth #2: Soy causes breast cancer

This myth is also linked to concerns about soy isoflavones. Because soy acts on some estrogen receptors, people assumed that it would have the same effect as estrogen supplements (which does increase risk of breast cancer). But no study has ever found a positive link between breast cancer and soy isoflavones. In fact, it is the opposite which is true. Soy isoflavones may reduce the risk of breast cancer because they help regulate cell growth by blocking negative effects of natural estrogen. One study even found that soy reduced the likelihood of breast cancer reoccurring in women (source). This is a very positive example of how soy effects hormones.

Myth #3: Soy depletes nutrients from the body

It is easy to understand where this myth comes from because soy does contain antinutrients. An antinutrient is basically anything which blocks nutrients from being absorbed. In the case with soy, the antinutrients are natural chemicals called phytates. Because phytates bind to certain minerals, they can prevent some iron, zinc, and calcium from being absorbed. The keyword to note here is “some”.   You will still absorb a considerable amount of those nutrients, even with the phytic acid. The phytic acid in soy will in no way deplete nutrients from your body.
It is important to note that soy is very high in all of these nutrients which is supposedly blocks. So, while you might not be actually absorbing all 6.8mg of iron found in a cup of soy beans, you are still getting a lot of iron.
There is tons of research to support different claims and beliefs of how soy effects hormones and the body. Without a doubt the health benefits of soy out-way any negative effects it can cause on the body. The KEY thing to remember here is keep things in balance. Eat GMO free soy. Use soy products that have been fermented e.g. tofu and tempeh. And avoid soy protein isolate, or any other isolated part of the soy. Rather keep it in it’s whole form!
The conclusion is always the same. Move over to a plant-based way of eating to gain amazing health AND an amazing body! Want to know how to do it or where to start? Check out my:
Cheers to the little soy bean!

 

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