Soy products have recently been catching the eye of researchers as a new study makes it evident that soy products can help people combat the fight against the toxin, BPA. Whether you name it as a super food or a noxious sludge you can’t stand, soy products are full of protein, minerals, fiber, and amino acids which are beneficial to your fertility.
What is the toxin-BPA?
BPA, also known as Bisphenol A, is a kind of synthetic compound used in many household and plastic items, unfortunately. Lately, because of the rise in information provided on the internet, consumers have started boycotting BPA and you’re starting to see labels such as “BPA-free” on a lot of popular consumer items. Tupperware or plastic containers are notorious for being full of BPA’s and so now manufacturers are making ones that finally are free of this harmful toxin. But watch out! It’s still out there in large quantities and this information by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) can be helpful in avoiding your exposure to it. BPA is often associated with infertility and according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today this synthetic compound is present in more than 96 percent of American bodies.
How BPA Affects fertility and How Soy Products Can Help
According to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research, 239 women were analyzed who had experienced a cycle of invitro fertilization (IVF) at least once in their life. Their conception rate was studied associated with the levels of BPA found in their bodies and their diets. The results concluded that the women who had higher BPA levels are more at risk of having lesser chances for embryo implantation. However, for those women who regularly ate soy products, their higher BPA level did not have any impact on having lesser chances of embryo implantation.
This study also mentioned previous animal studies which make it evident that as BPA adds methyl groups in the DNA, soy products actually prevent BPA from doing that. Higher BPA levels in the body affects certain genes by systemically “switching them on and off” which are directly associated with fertility. However, soy products prevent it from having any impact on such genes.
So we can conclude that adding soy products to the diets of women who have been struggling to get pregnant would be to their benefit. The most common soy products are tofu, tempeh and edamame along with soy milk. All it takes is just one extra serving per day in your regular diet to reap the rewards.
Health Effects of Soy Products
We always have to look at both sides of the picture before using something that can affect your health. So, it is also important to talk about the negative effect of soy products. Ironically enough, you can attribute both negative and positive effects to soy products because of the isoflavones and phytoestrogen in soy. These two factors are similar to that of estrogen which is already present in the human body naturally.
Women with Pre-Diagnosed Breast Cancer Should Avoid Soy Products
According to research studies, soy products don’t function similarly to naturally produced estrogen and can accelerate cancer growth in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Similarly, soy products can also be dangerous for women who suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or Endometriosis as it can greatly exacerbate these conditions. Therefore, always consult with your physician before beginning any new diet or supplementation treatment. Otherwise, it could prove detrimental for certain women.
How Soy Products Affect Men’s Health?
Adversely, soy products don’t seem to have any negative impact on men’s health, like testosterone levels, for example. Soy products actually help men in lowering the risk of prostate cancer. Moreover, isoflavones are often associated with lessening the risk for heart disease, cognitive problems, osteoporosis, proliferation of fat cells and it even helps to combat obesity.
How to Eat Soy Products most Beneficially
So, there’s a proper way of eating soy products? Yes, there’s always a way of maximizing soy products’ benefits from your food. It’s recommended that those consuming soy should avoid processed soy products and eat naturally made soy as only then you will be able to maximize the potential of ingesting the fiber, protein and isoflavones contained in it. How? By eating soy nuts, beans and drinking soy milk. However, please keep in mind that if a woman is eating soy products excessively, it can affect her menstrual cycle by shutting it down for a short period of time, especially in the case of those following a vegetarian diet.
How much soy should you consume? It’s recommended that you should have one or a maximum of two standard servings of soy products a day and again the non-processed ones previously mentioned would be the best. One cup of soy milk, a handful of edamame or half a cup of soy meat is enough and can be used as a perfect replacement for tofu and tempeh. In case you just can’t fathom eating soy products at all, consider that it would be a great addition if you just add its minimal quantity to your daily diet. It’s health benefits are too great to ignore.