June 29, 2009
If you can’t quit smoking, maybe you should at least increase the amount of soy in your diet, if a new study saying soy could curb respiratory problems is any indication. The Asian superfood can reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory problems, the study says. Soy, which is found in many Japanese foods, including tofu, natto, miso soup, soybean sprouts, and soy milk, has long been associated with a reduction in cholesterol and the symptoms of menopause. The new study, however, is the first to show a connection between soy consumption and a reduction in the risk of developing COPD, a deadly lung disease.
Researchers Dr. Fumi Hirayama and professor Andy Lee from the Curtin University of Technology, Australia, polled 300 patients with COPD and 340 age-matched control subjects about their intake of soy.
Soy consumption was found to be positively correlated with lung function and inversely associated with the risk of COPD,” Hirayama said. “It has been suggested that flavonoids from soy foods act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the lung, and can protect against tobacco carcinogens for smokers.”
Smoking is the biggest cause of COPD, a lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Long-term smoking is associated with 90 percent of cases. More than 12 million Americans have COPD, and another 24 million have impaired lung function, indicating that COPD may be under-diagnosed. The best preventive measure is not to smoke.
Source: Newsmax.com Health Alerts, June 29, 2009
Bad habits can oftentimes be hard to break. We have all, at one time or another, have formed a habit that did not promote our health and well-being. Some bad habits are more harmful than others. We are all aware of the long-term dangers and damage of smoking.
So we would love to be a part of your journey of breaking this habit of smoking and help you get your health back! As we have talked about in other posts, not all soy is created equal! So don’t rush to the local super market and stock up on every soy product they carry! From soy milk, to soy cheese, to soy burgers, you can find any normal food in soy form. There are some soy products out there that are Genetically Modified (GMO) and you want to stay away from these!
Shaklee’s Soy Protein is water-washed to retain naturally occurring isoflavones such as genistein and daidzein and preserve the incredible health benefits. Shaklee uses only non-genetically modified (GMO) soy protein certified through an Identity Preservation Program (IPP). This program assures that the soy we use is tightly monitored and controlled from planting and harvesting to processing. Everything you get from Shaklee is backed by their quality guarantee.
Many people ask us whether soy protein is safe. There has been a lot of bad media over this topic from people who are generally uneducated on the subject. But that is not always the case. There are also many doctors who claim soy is not good for you. We are not the experts, so our motto for our family has been: We aren’t the experts but we know the experts and trust them. Shaklee has 70 scientist who do extensive research on all of their products. Over 250 million dollars has been spent by Shaklee on research and development alone. I don’t know many companies that can claim this nor even doctors who can say that have spent the kind of time and money that Shaklee has on researching soy and other products to make sure they are safe and effective. So we encourage you to do your own research to find out what you believe to be true about Soy Protein!
Here is what the experts say about Soy protein. When it is in the right form (fermented) and from the right source, it has incredible health benefits!
- Studies show reduces risk of cancer
- Bone and Joint Health
- Eye Health
- Cardiovascular and Hearth Health
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Prostate Health
- Breast Health
- Maintains energy levels
- Keeps blood sugar regulated
All Shaklee Proteins contain all 23 amino acids, and especially the 9 essential that your body needs daily but can not manufacture on it’s own. There are several ways to get Shakee Soy Protein into your diet.
1. Energizing Soy Protein–Add this shake to your daily diet. Replace a meal with this
2. Instant Protein Soy Mix–-A protein designed for cooking. Substitute the flour in your favorite recipes with this power-packed protein. This is a staple around our house. We make pancakes, biscuits, cookies, protein bars, soups, dressings, and more with this amazing protein that is lactose free, cholesterol free, and gluten free.
3. Shaklee 180 Protein–An inch loss shake that helps you retain 100% of your muscle mass while losing unwanted fat and inches. Powered by Luceine, and essential amino acid. It has 24 g of protein per serving. Also comes in Whey.