Soy Protein Meal Replacement

Soy Protein Powder with Spirulina and Bee Pollen is a great way to add soy protein to juice, yogurt, oatmeal or add it to your favorite shake or fruit smoothie.

The flavonoids in Soy Protein Powder are rich in isoflavones. Genistein and Daidzein are naturally occurring Isoflavones and have significant anti-Cancer effects. Soy has also been shown to help lower high cholesterol and provides natural energy and support for a healthy immune system.

Meal replacements, including powders, drinks and energy bars, are popular weight loss tools. Two commercially available meal replacements were tested -- one soy-based, and one milk based -- in a group of obese adults for twelve weeks. Both groups lost weight. The soy-based group lost slightly more weight in any given week, and displayed lower serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels.

Soy intake also produced small but significant reductions in serum glucose values. This evidence suggests that soy may be a valuable tool in maintaining overall health, lowering cholesterol, and even slowing the development of diabetes.

The bottom line is soy is healthy, and while incorporating it into weight loss may not have a more dramatic effect on your waistline than other nutrition plans, its benefits go beyond weight loss toward increasing overall health.

Most researchers agree that there is insufficient research to propose dietary guidelines of isoflavone intake for the prevention of cancer. Still, this study indicates how little is needed to positively affect the body. Studies also reveal that isoflavones are potent inhibitors of an enzyme called tyrosine kinase, a molecule that helps to signal or initiate tumor cell growth. In addition, isoflavones have been found to inhibit a process called angiogensis, which is the creation of new blood vessels. When tumors grow, they need blood for nourishment and oxygen, and rely on angiogenesis to get that blood. However, isoflavones prevent angiogenesis and the subsequent tumor growth.

Research presented at the international conference, "The Role of Soy in Medicine," in Brussels, Dr. John W. Erdman, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign concurred with other research that has shown that as little as 40 grams of soy daily leads to significantly higher bone density, the opposite of osteoporosis.

At the same conference, Dr. Paolo Fantl of the University of Kentucky in Lexington characterized the action of soy phytoestrogen as being markedly different from that of endogenous estrogen. Where as the estrogen produced by the body appears to prevent calcium/mineral loss of existing bone, the phytoestrogens stimulate new bone formation.

This may partially explain the findings of French researcher, Dr. Catala, who reported that soy may reduce the risk of gall stones. Gall stones are composed mostly of cholesterol and calcium, and may be inhibited by a reduction of these two molecules.

The same two foods that many scientists believe reduce the risk of breast cancer in women may also protect men from prostate cancer. That's the conclusion of a new Harvard University study that looked at the power of tea and soy to inhibit the growth of prostate tumors in mice.

Unlike other studies that examined the food's individual effects on tumor growth, the new research focused on the power that came from the combined effect of tea and soy together.

"I think the most important finding is that consumption of both soy and tea has a synergistic effect," says study author Jin-Rong Zhou, adding that each appears to reinforce the power of the other to fight cancer. Femhealth also offers Green Tea Concentrate.

Asian women have a much lower incidence of menopausal symptoms. For example, studies estimate that less than 25 percent of Japanese women and 18 percent of Chinese women complain of hot flashes. This is due to soy consumption.

FH-73-5 Soy Protein Powder 16oz $17.95
FH-73-2 Soy Spriulina Bee Pollen Powder 16oz $21.95

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Banana Smoothie (makes one serving)

1 banana cut into 1-inch chunks (works great if already frozen)
� c. yogurt
� c. milk or soy milk
2 scoops soy protein powder
2 T. honey or jam
� t. vanilla extract


Put all of the ingredients into a blender. Mix until all of the fruit is pureed.
Pour into a glass, and drink immediately.

You can freeze this beverage overnight, then toss it into a blender, and pour it back in the plastic cup you froze it in.



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