Advantages of Soy

Tofu, soymilk, miso, tempeh, edamame—these and other soy products, including the soybeans themselves, are high in nutrients you tend to associate with other legumes, including fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, and zinc.

Soybeans naturally contain a class of phytoestrogens called isoflavones. People hear the word “estrogen” in the word “phytoestrogens” and assume that means soy has estrogen-like effects. Not necessarily. Estrogen has positive effects in some tissues and potentially negative effects in others. For example, high levels of estrogen can be good for the bones but can increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer. Ideally, you’d like what’s called a “selective estrogen receptor modulator” in your body that would have proestrogenic effects in some tissues and antiestrogenic effects in others. Well, that’s what soy phytoestrogens appear to be. Soy seems to lower breast cancer risk, an antiestrogenic effect, but can also help reduce menopausal hot-flash symptoms, a proestrogenic effect. So, by eating soy, you may be able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

What about soy for women with breast cancer? Overall, researchers have found that women diagnosed with breast cancer who ate the most soy lived significantly longer and had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer recurrence than those who ate less. The quantity of phytoestrogens found in just a single cup of soymilk may reduce the risk of breast cancer returning by 25 percent. The improvement in survival for those eating more soy foods was found both in women whose tumors were responsive to estrogen (estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer) and those whose tumors were not (estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer). This also held true for both young women and older women. In one study, for example, 90 percent of the breast cancer patients who ate the most soy phytoestrogens after diagnosis were still alive five years later, while half of those who ate little to no soy were dead.

Soy consumption has also been shown to benefit our kidneys, which appear to handle plant protein very differently from animal protein. Within hours of eating meat, our kidneys rev up into hyperfiltration mode. But, an equivalent amount of plant protein causes virtually no noticeable stress on the kidneys. Eat some tuna, and within three hours, your kidney filtration rate can shoot up 36 percent. But eating the same amount of protein in the form of tofu doesn’t appear to place any additional strain on the kidneys.


The Whole package-Synergistic effects

This below is an Abstract from Article that shows that healing and protecting properties of the carotenoids from tomatoes working in the best way when those  are in the combination, as God created them!

“For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD Isaiah 66.2

Synergistic effects

Lycopene is the major carotenoid in tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a matrix of many bioactive components, including vitamin C, vitamin E, other carotenoids (a-, β-, γ- carotene, lutein), and flavonoids. Their synergistic interactions, when used in combination, may be responsible for the observed beneficial effects of tomato-based products. This study investigated the synergistic antioxidant activity of lycopene in combination with β-carotene, vitamin E, and lutein. A liposome system was used to test the synergistic antioxidant activity. The carotenoid mixtures were more efficient in protecting liposome from oxidation than the individual carotenoid .Research Article

Authors: Shi, John | Kakuda, Yukio | Yeung, David

Calcium in a Vegan Diet


Most people equate calcium with milk. While milk does contain calcium, there are many people who wish to avoid milk products for other health reasons. Are there any sources of calcium for those of us who do not drink milk?

Clarifying questions such as

  • Why is Calcium Important for the Body?
  • What Inhibits Calcium Absorption?
  • Medical Issues Related to Calcium Deficiency


… will help you to better understand and implement the intake of calcium in a vegan diet.

Read the whole article.

Source: Life&

Vegetarian Diet, Seventh Day Adventists and Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality

Vegetarian diet, Seventh Day Adventists and risk of cardiovascular mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Aus der MMW Fortschritte der Medizin 13. Nov. 2014 / Sonderheft 2 Seite 7

“Studien, die sich mit vegetarischer Ernährung befassen, nehmen oft Personen in den Blick, die aus weltanschaulichen Gründen auf tierische Nahrungsmittel verzichten, wie etwa die Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten.
Forscher der Universität Manchester (1) haben in einer Metaanalyse von acht Studien zum Vegetarismus mit insgesamt mehr als 180.000 Probanden gezeigt, dass sich die religiöse Ausrichtung durchaus auf die Resultate auswirken könnte. So führte vegetarische Nahrung hinsichtlich der Gesamtmortalität in allen drei Studien, die Adventisten einbezogen, zu Risikoreduktionen zwischen 20% und 50% im Vergleich zu Nichtvegetariern. Waren hingegen keine Adventisten vertreten – wie etwa in der EPIC-Oxford-Studie von 2013 oder der Vegetarierstudie des Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrums von 2005 -, ließen sich keine positiven Effekte der vegetarischen Diät nachweisen. Gleiches galt bezüglich zerebrovaskulären Erkrankungen.
Die Autoren erklären dies damit, dass der Adventismus nicht nur aus Essensvorschriften bestehe. Adventisten rauchen auch seltener und leben insgesamt gesünder. Sie werden zum Alkohol- und Drogenverzicht, zu regelmäßiger körperlicher Betätigung, genügend Schlaf und stabilen psychosozialen Beziehungen ermuntert.
“Zusammengefasst geht die Verminderung von KHK und Gesamtsterblichkeit unter vegetarischer Ernährung hauptsächlich auf die Adventistenstudien zurück”, so die Autoren. Studien in anderen Populationen hätten weniger überzeugende Belege geliefert.”

(1) Kwok CS et al. Int J Cardiol 2014;176: 680-686