Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The "REAL" Truth on Soy!

There is clear evidence that SOY PROTEIN IS ONE OF THE BEST FOODS to include in our daily diets.

A press release on December 9, 2009, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (by researchers at Vanderbilt University and Shanghai Institute of Preventative Medicine) announced results from a study that proved women who consumed soy foods decreased their risk of dying from breast cancer and also reduced their risk of breast cancer recurrence.  The results were clear -

* Breast cancer survivors with highest soy intake had 25% less chance of breast cancer recurrence and 25% less chance of dying from breast cancer with lower soy intake.

* The effect was just as strong for women with estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative cancers, for early stage and late stage breast cancer and for pre- and post-menopausal women.

* The study also showed that soy protein intake did not interfere with tamoxifen.  The reduction in risk of breast cancer recurrence and death was just as great whether the breast cancer survivors were taking tamoxifen or not.  Actually, tamoxifen was protective only for women with low soy intake.

What You Need to Know About Soy! 

by Dr. Richard Brouse
(Below are remarks made at a seminar by Dr. Brouse)

 **Dr. Brouse is a widely recognized authority in the fields of nutrition and prevention of chronic degenerative diseases.  Dr. Brouse has a Masters in Biochemistry and is a Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a certified clinical nutritionist, teacher, author and lecturer. He was an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition for 14 years and founded the renowned Sunnyside Health Center in Clackamas, Oregon in 1977.  His knowledge is very broad and he continues researching and tabulating results using Shaklee in his extensive nutrition practice.

The Essential Seven Checklists for a Quality Soy Product -
(Shaklee meets all of these seven!)

Do not purchase soy powders and expect them to produce positive health results unless you know that the following "Essential Seven" quality controls have been met by the manufacturer:

1)  Were the soybeans ORGANICALLY GROWN?
Studies have shown decreased levels of food nutrients and increased levels of nitrates in chemically fertilized crops, when compared with their organic counterparts.  There is a connection between the ingestion of nitrates and CANCER!  Therefore, it is important to know that pesticides, fungicides and herbicides have not been used during the growing process.  In particular, with soybeans, since they are such a hardy plant, a powerful and DEADLY weed spray called Round-Up is usually used.  For your safety, you must know that your soy products are organically grown.

2)  Were the soybeans GENETICALLY ENGINEERED?  
Genetically engineered soybeans are much cheaper to purchase and most companies producing soy products look for ways to save money.

3)  Does your soybean powder contain ALL of the nine essential amino acids?
One of the most valuable features of the soybean is that it is a complete protein and provides ALL nine of the essential amino acids.  The body requires these daily to produce hormones, digestive juices, antibodies and enzymes.  However, NOT ALL SOYBEANS ARE CREATED EQUAL.  Quality and amino acid content will vary based on soil conditions and variable growing and harvest conditions.  If one essential amino acid is missing, the immune system can be depressed 30% and many important body functions are delayed or stopped.  Therefore, it is essential that each batch of soybeans be checked for amino acid content if we want to depend on the soy isolate to provide a GUARANTEED supply of the nine essential amino acids.

4)  Were the crushed soy flakes washed in alcohol or water?
Alcohol washing destroys isoflavone content up to 88%!  It is the isoflavones that reduce the risk of breast, prostrate, lung and bowel cancer!  As well, it is the isoflavones that are so beneficial in hormone balancing and increasing bone mass.

5)  Was the "anti-thyroid", "anti-growth" substance in the raw soy removed?
Asians, who have consumed large amounts of soy for years, have known that RAW soy contains an "anti-growth", "anti-tyrosine" substance.  Tyrosine deficiency will cause low blood pressure, low body temperature and restless leg syndrome.  Therefore, Asians always slightly cook their soy foods to deactivate the "anti-tyrosine/anti-growth" substance.  Shaklee has designed an extracting process that removes this substance, yet keeps the soy in a raw form in order to maintain the highest level of amino acids and isoflavones, which are sensitive to heat.

6)  Is your soybean food RAW or heated?
Amino acids are very sensitive to heat.  In some studies, cooking protein has been shown to destroy up to 50% of some of the Essential Amino Acids.  If an individual consistently consumes a diet that is lacking in all of the essential amino acids, inadequate brain development and hormones or other body tissue development can be the result.

7)  Has CALCIUM been added to your soy powder?
Some negative reports about soy say that soy powders are VERY ACIDIC and cause bone loss because it causes calcium to be drawn from the bones.  The raw soybean is a neutral food -- neither acidic or alkaline.  However, the removal of the soybean oil (which is essential so the soy powder will not go rancid very quickly), makes the powder very acidic.  Therefore, adequate calcium (which is very alkaline) must be added to cause the powder to be neutral again, or it can cause the above stated problem.  Many protein powder manufacturers do not add any or enough calcium.

Common Concerns About Soy

Do soybeans cause cancer?
Is it true that “overcooked” soy does contain “carcinogenic” compounds? When soy is extruded through high temperature,
high-pressure steam nozzles to form what is called “textured vegetable protein - TVP for short”, this form of processing
renders the soy “meat substitute” carcinogenic or cancer causing. TVP is what is used in soy dogs and soy burgers, and should be avoided.

What about roasted soybeans?
Whole soybeans are high in plant fat. If soybeans are roasted to eat as soy nuts, the heat alters the fat and makes it a
trans-fatty acid, which causes both cancer and heart disease. As roasted soy nuts sit on the shelf or in the cupboard in
storage, the oils are becoming more and more rancid and carcinogenic. AVOID roasted soybeans.

But Iʼve heard that soy protein is hard on the kidneys!
Animal protein is much harder to digest than vegetable protein. Since many people have digestive difficulties, protein that is not thoroughly digested is very challenging to the kidneys. Powdered protein is in a predigested state, and the BEST protein source to choose! Protein is not the enemy - it is essential for life. It is true, however, that excessive protein is hard on the kidneys, so if a person consumes more than 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, AND does not consume adequate carbohydrates with it, this could cause kidney damage.

I've had breast cancer and been told I cannot have soy!
It is true that soy is a “phytoestrogen” food, which means it contains substances that have hormone-like components.

As you can see from the above information, you can have great confidence in the Shaklee Soy Protein products.

However, their estrogen strength is 1/1000th that of the bodyʼs own stronger estrogens. Therefore, you want to load your digestive system with quality controlled raw soy powder, because these weaker estrogens will block the estrogen receptor sites from receiving your body's own strong estrogens and therefore be very protective against estrogen fed cancer.


Click on the link below to get more answers on your questions about soy protein.  These are comments the Shaklee Health Sciences e-bulletin


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