July 10, 2010

Benefits of Soy ProteinMany of us heard about the benefits of soy protein, which became a subject of public discussions and close attention of modern scientists. If a decade ago soy protein powder supplements were used only by professional athletes and bodybuilders to buff up, nowadays soy protein became a common ingredient of our healthy meals and drinks. What do we need to know about soy protein and its effects on our health?

Soy protein is produced from soy flour and usually goes in two types: soy protein concentrate and soy protein isolate. Both of these two types of soy protein are rich in a number of very useful phytonutrients (including aminoacids, isoflavones, and so on), contain no fats and cholesterol. Soy protein is the most common type of proteins and an alternative to other known types of proteins: egg protein, rice protein and whey protein. A great number of researches and studies were carried out to analyze the properties of soy protein vs. whey protein, finding out that soy protein is the most compete, but whey protein can be more helpful to athletes, especially if mixed with milk.

Soy ProteinMost benefits of soy protein are derived from its being a plant protein, which is free of all possible harmful substances like steroids, cholesterol, etc., as well as parasites and bacteria. Soy protein is very easy to digest that is why it is considered to be one of the best substitutions for animal proteins. In addition, soy protein is a great source of vitamins A, E and C, as well as other natural antioxidants, which are known for their powers to prevent many types of cancer and slow down aging process on chemical levels.

Soy products and soy protein powder supplements can be successfully used by those people who are working on reducing body mass and are looking for effective natural ways for that. Cholesterol lowering effects of soy protein are definitely among the most important benefits of soy protein as it helps to considerably lower the risks of heart disease. In addition, it can be used by those patients, who are following the 30 percent fat diet, recommended by the AHA. Therefore, taking soy protein powder supplements can provide these cardiovascular benefits.

Finally, according to a recent study of Japanese scientists, soy protein has positive effects on bone health and can lower the risks of osteoporosis. Japanese specialists attributed these benefits of soy protein to a high content of isoflavones in this product. Those are the main facts and benefits of using soy protein, and if you want to find own opinion as to the soy protein vs whey protein debate, remember that any comparison of these two types of proteins should be made according to a certain criteria (like amino acid or glutamine content, biological or nutritional values, etc.). Both soy and whey proteins are healthy and beneficial for our overall health.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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