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Wishing you and yours the very best in the coming year, may this year bring all that you desire.

May you have a healthy and prosperous New year.

Thank you for all your support Lillian Waugh (Lilly)


From: jacob@nutrition-guide.net (Jakob Filipek)

Soy Isoflavones and Your Health

Soy isoflavones are the main constituents responsible for the health benefits of non fermented soy foods

(fermented soy is more likely to help in cancer than in health, especially avoid soy sauce that is fermented with

the fungus Aspergillus flavus). The principle soy isoflavones are genistein, daidzein and their metabolities.

In addition soy foods are source of lignans, coumestans, saponins, plant sterols, phytates and protease

inhibitors all of which have also health benefits.

Genistein can inhibit tumor growth. Test tube and animal experiments have shown that genistein can block the

growth of prostate cancer cells and breast cancer cells. Genistein can also help promote cell differentiation in

cancer (change cancer cells to healthy cell again). Most soy foods contain about 1-2 mg/g of genistain. Asian

cultures tend to consume 20-80 mg/day of genistein. The usual dietary intake in Western cultures are 2-3

mg/day. Messina examined 26 animal studies and reported that 17 (65%) of them demonstrated a protective

effect of soy from experimental carcinogenesis (Messina MJ, Persky V, Setchell KD, Barres S. "Soy intake

and cancer risk - a review of the in vitro and in vivo data". Nutrition Cancer 1994; 21: 113-131).

The two most likely mechanisms for the anti-cancer benefits of soy isoflavones are:

1.Inhibition of PTK (protein tyrosine kinase). Inhibition of PTK causes inhibition of leucotriene production

(products of inflammation which have been implicated in the stimulation of tumor growth).

2.Influences on a number of other enzymes. Some of these enzymes include DNA topoisomerases,

phospolipase C-gamma, phosphatidylinositol kineases. In addition genistein demonstrated inhibition of

phenolsulfotransferase, an enzyme involved in sulfation-induced carcinogenesis.

Second from most important soy isoflavones is daidzein. Daidzein is found to inhibit the growth of cancer and to

promote cell differentiation in animals.

There are olso other soy isoflavones that body converts into phytoestrogens ("plant estrogen's") they help to

prevent the growth of hormone dependent cancers and relive symptoms of menopause in women's. Those

symptoms include hot flashes, night sweat, mood swings, weight gain and vaginal dryness. Actually

non-fermented soy foods are much better way to balance estrogens in women than traditional hormone

replacement (HRT). If you don't like the taste of soy beans or tofu many people say very well about revival soy

http://www.nutrition-guide.net/bin/ap.pl? Soyart. You can try it even for free :)

Other healthy substances in soy foods:

1. Protease inhibitors - they block the action of enzymes that may promote tumor growth. According to Ann

R.Kennedy Ph.D. , a leading researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, protease

inhibitors may be "universal anticarcinogens" that work in many different animals to prevent or inhibit a wide

range of cancers, from liver to colon to breast cancer (from Soy Miracle by Dr. Earl Mindell

http://www.nutrition-guide.net/bin/ap.pl? Soybook).

2. Phytic acid - a plant compound, which chelates mycotoxins that promote tumor growth. Animal studies have

shown that phytic acid can reduce the size and number of tumors in laboratory animals that were fed


3. Saponins - (also found in chickpeas and ginseng) which have been shown in animal studies to lower the risk of

certain cancers including breast cancer, prostrate cancer, stomach cancer and lung cancer.

4. Lignans - Lignans are capable of excerpting a phytoestrogenic effect in humans. They also exhibit anti-tumor

and antiviral activity. The most prevalent lignans in mammals are enterolactone and enterodiol, formed by gut

bacteria, from the plant precursor lignans, matairesinol and secoisolaricirecinol respectively.

5. Phytosterols - such as B-sitosterol, are found in high concentration in soy foods. They bind cholesterol in gut.

OK. Some conclusions: Research indicates soy and its individual constituents have several health benefits. The

primary soy isoflavones, genistein and daidzein, as well as their metabolities exert a wide array of effects which

appear to offer protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and menopause symptoms.

How about instant benefit from soy isoflavones?

By (Jakob Filipek)

Here is a nice recipe for You :-)

Tofu Salad Spread

8 oz. FRESH Tofu, well drained

3/4 cup chopped Green Onion

1 cup finely chopped Celery

3/4 cup finely chopped Carrot

6 Tbs. Mock Mayo (some spice)

1 Tbs. dried Parsley

1/4 Tbs. each of Basil, Sage, Thyme

1 1/2 Tbs. vegetable salt

1/2 Tbs. Garlic powder

1/8 Tbs. Cayenne Pepper

Mix all ingredients. Serve on bed of greens.

Yield: 3 cups

Have a tasty meal :-)

This recipe comes from very good "Back to House of Health"

By Sheley Young


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