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Did you Know? The Health Benefits of Soymilk

Soymilk is a nutritious drink that is produced when the legume soybeans is soaked, ground, and boiled. This beverage is a dairy-free source of milk. Soymilk is a great source of vitamins, mineral, protein and essential fatty acid. The protein content in this drink is said to be comparable to that of cows. This drink is a powerhouse of health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits:


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Soymilk Aids Weight Loss

This drink contains less sugar than cow milk. The sugar content of soymilk is 7 grams whereas the sugar content of cow milk is 12 grams. What’s more, soymilk is rich in fibre. Fibre is known to have an effect on BMI and good cholesterol level. It also gives a feeling of fullness to the stomach for longer time, invariably aiding weight loss.

It is Heart Friendly

Soymilk consumption helps to improve cardiovascular health. It contains vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fat; these promote better heart health. The amino acid and isoflavones content of soymilk may help lower LDL cholesterol. In other words, consuming it maintains normal blood pressure.

It Prevents Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis or brittle bone is caused by hormone induced loss of tissue, aging, and deficiency in Vitamin  D and calcium. Soymilk is increasingly fortified with calcium and may provide relief from osteoporosis. Also, soy is a great source of phytoestrogen that can strengthen the bones and increase the absorption of calcium in the body.


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Soymilk is Good for the Skin

Soymilk is a skin friendly beverage. It contains anti aging properties which nourish the skin. Its consumption is also associated with a reduction in hyperpigmentation.

It may Lower the Risk of Breast and Prostrate Cancer

Studies have shown that the isoflavones content of soymilk works as an anti-cancer agent. Also, the daily consumption of this drink may reduce serum estrogen level which is associated with breast cancer. In addition, its phytoestrogen content is good for the prostrate. This compound plays the vital role of reducing the formation of testosterone in men; a high level of testosterone is associated with prostrate cancer.

It Protects Mental Health

Soymilk is said to be a mood booster. It contains vitamins B6 and B-complex. These vitamins can help to improve your mood. This drink also contains magnesium which releases the hormone serotonin in the body. Serotonin works as an antidepressant for the mind.

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Obiamaka Angela Udevi

Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address, obiudevi@yahoo.com

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