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July 13, 2012
Soy milk is an excellent natural substitute of dairy milk which can be an awesome solution to those who are lactose intolerant. Rich in vitamins and micro-elements, soy milk is a very good and tasty addition to our daily diet. It is interesting that people have quite various opinions about this natural product. Some people are convinced that soy milk is very good for our health, some suppose that soy milk effects are not so great, manly due to a high content of plant phytoestrogens, and some people actually do not care at all. Soy milk benefits are numerous, and a great deal of those are derived from plenty of soy protein in soy milk. Besides, soy milk is one of the natural products which has been thoroughly studied, and there is a great deal of scientific proof for its being healthy or not recommended for some certain health conditions.
According to the specialists at Health and Human Services, soy milk is rich in calcium and plays a role as a natural prevention for such problems as osteoporosis, dental problems, etc. The experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have found that drinking soy milk is very good for the heart, since this natural product can assist in reducing bad LDL cholesterol levels, as well as support healthy blood pressure and prevent numerous cardiovascular problems. However, a few studies have shown that some people may have problems with digesting soy milk protein, and soy milk consumption results for them in minor digestive problem like flatulence, stomach aches, bloating, and so on. In addition, a group of experts from the University of Illinois, the United States, has recently published new findings of theirs revealing newly discovered soy protein and soy milk effects.
It is reported that a regular consumption of this natural product has positive effects on our liver and helps prevent various liver disorders. The experts say that soy protein which can be found in great amounts not only in soy milk but also in other products like tofu and others, is involved in mechanisms reducing harmful fat formations in liver. This became apparent after the experiment with lab rats, both obese and lean, who were fed on soy protein rich and soy protein free diet. The scientists found out that obese rats which consumed plenty of soy protein had up to 20 per cent lower fat levels in liver. In particular, much lower levels of triglycerides, harmful fats known for causing serious cardiovascular problems, and which also cause the condition of “fat liver disease’. It is a serious liver disorder, very common for obese people, and it is usually develops without any sign or symptom. In some people, it can lead to total liver failure.
‘When fat accumulates in an organ that’s not supposed to store fat, like the liver, that organ’s vital function can be dangerously compromised,’ Dr Hong Chen, the author of the study and family practitioner, said. According to him, soy milk protein helps our liver to restore the main signaling pathway which also plays a role in balancing fat metabolism. He underlines that in overweight people, this pathway is usually distorted, and great amounts of fat get stuck in liver causing serious problems and diseases. Using soy milk or other sources of soy protein can be a good idea to naturally release pressure from liver and improve its function to a great extent. These findings, as well as other information on soy protein and soy milk effects was presented this spring at the meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in San Diego, California.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.