Soybeans can be a great source of Vitamin B, C, K and E as well as calcium, manganese, phosporous, magnesium, iron, copper and folate.
Choosing the right food is a battle of discipline and wants. It is a constant tug-of-war between what is better, or what is easier. Fortunately, healthier food alternatives are becoming more available in store shelves. This includes soybeans.
The soybean is a part of the pea family. It is a legume. It is presented and consumed in different ways such as bean curd, edamame, natto and tempeh. It can also be processed into oil, milk, tofu and soy protein like soy cheese, soy chips and soy milk. Soybeans are low in fat and calories and at the same time contains protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. Make no mistake—soybeans are definitely good for the body. Another area where soybeans have shown some benefits is skin care products. Isoflavones derived from soy have been used in skin brightening creams and lotions.
The following are 7 of the most widely accepted health benefits of soybeans for your body:
1. Soybeans for your Skin.
- An effective moisturizer. Using products containing soybeans helps to get rid of dry and flaky skin. It also removes excess oils.
- An anti-ageing agent. Reduces skin discoloration, wrinkles, dark spots and other skin ageing conditions. Soybeans contains phytoestrogens that helps produce more estrogen (maintains skins elasticity) which the body tends to lose as we age.
- Vitamin E. This vitamin in soybeans can renew dead skin cells and form new skin cells which results in a healthier, younger and fresher you.
2. Soybeans for your Hair
Studies suggest that soybean juice, when applied to your hair regularly can make your hair smooth, soft and shiny. Soy foods are high in protein, calcium, folic acid, B vitamins, potassium and also iron which all are very essential for healthy hair.
3. Soybeans for your Health
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Just like with fish, soybeans can also reduce the risk of having cardiovascular diseases.
- It helps in the prevention of prostate cancer and osteoporosis because of the presence of phytoestrogen, it boosts calcium absorption and prevent bone mass loss.
- Contains good fats or polyunsaturated fats that can lower bad cholesterol.
- Soybeans contains plant proteins that helps the immune system and reduces fatigue.
- A great source of potassium.
4. Soybeans for your Weight Goals
Soybeans may be used in place of the usual sources of protein. Because of its low calorie content, it has been found to help in weight management. One good example is soy milk. Whole soy milk contains only 80 calories, giving you excellent nutritional value without sacrificing the flavor.
5. Soybeans for Enhanced Brain Function and Energy
- Contains lecithin, a nutrient for the brain. It also contains phytosterols that helps in the function of the nerve cells in the brain.
- Soybeans has proteins that stimulates the cerebral cortex, that improves your overall feeling and mood.
6. Soybeans for Healing and Development
- The presence of zinc helps the body’s immune system to recover faster and heal wounds.
- Contains antioxidants that cleanses the body from harmful chemicals and toxic wastes.
- Soybeans can be a great source of Vitamin B, C, K and E as well as calcium, manganese, phosporous, magnesium, iron, copper and folate. The above mentioned vitamins and minerals are the needs f a pregnant woman for the proper development of their fetus.
7. Soybeans for your Mental Health
Soybean has folate, that helps in the production of serotonin, it is one of the important elements that helps fight depression and improve one’s mood.
There is so much more that soybeans can do for you, whether you eat it, drink it or apply it topically. What matters is that you need to add it to your lifestyle–now. It is the healthy choice.