​HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOYABEANS

BY: UMAR HAMZA S.GINI
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Metabolic activity:  Soybeans are an extremely important source of protein. When you have enough proteins in your body, then your metabolic functioning and overall system will get a major boost. Proteins are the building blocks of cells and blood vessels and basically every essential part of the human body. Proteins from soybeans ensure the proper health and regrowth of cells if the need to be repaired or replaced. It can be difficult to get enough protein when you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, so soybeans provide an excellent replacement for the proteins normally acquire a red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products and fish. 

Health weight gain: soybeans actually work in both ways, actually. First of all, soybeans and soy-based products have been associated with appetite suppression, which can help people eliminate overeating, which can lead to obesity and all of the related risks. However, soybeans also provide a decent amount of fibre and protein, which can help lead to weight gain,  if soybeans are eaten in large quantities. Therefore, soybeans are beneficial for people that want to both lose and gain weight. Furthermore, the weight that it can provide your body is not unhealthy high-fat or high cholesterol in nature, which protects you from dangerous conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Cancer prevention: The levels of antioxidants in soybeans make it generally good for presenting the onset of various cancers. Antioxidants seek out and neutralise free radicals, which are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism. These free radicals can cause healthy cells to mutate into deadly cancer cells. Furthermore, the fibre content in soybeans means has been connected to a reduction in colorectal and colon cancer, since fibre helps to ease the digestive process and put far less strain on the gastrointestinal system.

Heart Health: Soybeans do supply some fat, but it is not supplying you with a saturated fat diet. Soybeans are a source of healthier, unsaturated fat, which helps you lower your total cholesterol. This can allow you to prevent conditions like atherosclerosis, which can easily lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Furthermore, there are some specific fatty acids that are necessary for a healthy system. Two of those fatty acids are linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These two fatty acids, found in significant amounts in soybeans, regulate smooth muscle function in the body, and helps to maintain appropriate blood pressure levels. Finally, the fibre in soybeans has actually been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in the body by scrapping that excess off of the walls of blood vessels and arteries. 

Digestive Health: One of the most common elements to be lacking in an persons diet is fibre. Fibre is an essential part of a healthy body, particularly in terms of the digestive system. Fibre actually bulks up your stool, making it move through your digestive system smoothly. Furthermore, fibre stimulates peristaltic motion, which is the contraction of the smooth muscles that pushes food through your system. Fibre is vital to our bodies because constipation can be a very serious condition that can lead to more serious conditions, including colorectal cancer.

Bone Health: There is a very high vitamin and mineral content in soybeans, and the impressive levels of calcium, magnesium copper, selenium, and zinc are very important for a variety of processes in the body. Perhaps most important is their role in the bone health .All of these elements are essential for promoting osteotrophic activity, which allows for new bones to grow and also speeds up the healing process of bones. Eating soybeans can be a long-term solution for problems like osteoporosis, which commonly occurs as we age.

Birth Defects: The vitamin B complex levels in soybeans is impressive as well, and the high level of folic acid are very important for pregnant women. Folic acid ensures the prevention of neural tube defects in infants, which ensures a happy and healthy baby.

Circulation and Oxygenation: Copper and iron are to minerals found in abundance in soybeans, and both of these are essential for the formation of red blood cells. With an appropriate amount of red blood cells in the body, extremities of the body and the essential organ system can get the blood flow and the oxygen that the need to function efficiently. This maximise metabolic activity and increases energy levels, while also avoiding dangerous conditions like anaemia.

Diabetes: This dreaded disease has been on the rise in the global population for more than a decade. Soybeans are an effective method of prevention and the management of this disease, primarily because soybeans have shown ability to increaser insulin receptors in the body, thereby helping to manage the disease effectively or prevent it from occurring in the first place. Early studies focusing on this specific relationship of soy product to a decrease in type 2 diabetes are still in the early stages, but the early results are very promising, primarily in Asian populations.

Menopause: Soybeans are a very good source of isoflavones, which are essential components of the female reproductive system. During menopause, estrogens levels drop significantly. Isoflavones are able to bind to estrogens receptor cells, so the body doesn’t feel as though  it is going through such a dramatic decrease. This can ease many of the symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes, and hunger pains. Menopause can be a traumatic time of life for many women, but soybeans are great way to ease that major life transition.

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