Body weight is one of the most basic issues of human life. Self-esteem, acceptance among peers– and perhaps lifelong success or failure—are, unfortunately, all tied to our physical appearance. Medically speaking, not all overweight people are obese. Obesity is defined as weight that exceeds 15 percent of normal weight for height and body type. “Morbid” obesity exceeds 20 percent of optimum weight. An obese or overweight person is at high risk for a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, varicose veins, dementia, psychological stress, depression, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The detrimental health effects of obesity are more than just a matter of weighing too much. Body composition–the amount of fat in the body compared to the amount of lean muscle–is also important. Body mass index (BMI) is associated with overall mortality.
Soy Isoflavones are a dietary supplement derived from soybeans containing phytoestrogens. These weak estrogens are chemically similar in structure to naturally produced estrogen hormones. Isoflavones are found in soy foods both with and without a sugar molecule attached. The two primary isoflavones in soybeans are daidzein and genistein and their respective glucosides, genistein and daidzein. Soy foods typically contain more genistein than daidzein, although this ratio varies among the different soy products. In cultures where soy products are consumed in abundance, women’s health problems, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease are reported to be less prevalent.
A double-blinded controlled trial was performed to determine the effect of soy supplementation on abdominal fat, glucose metabolism and circulating inflammatory markers. Researchers recruited 39 obese postmenopausal women to take a soy supplement which contained 20 grams of soy protein and 160 milligrams of soy isoflavones or a casein placebo without isoflavones. Thirty-three women completed the study and were analyzed at baseline and at 3 months. The results were women given soy supplementation experienced a 7.5 percent reduction in abdominal fat, compared to 9 percent more abdominal fat in the placebo group. No differences were observed between the two groups for glucose metabolism, C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, leptin or adiponectin. The authors of this study also reported that Caucasians primarily lost visceral fat (fat surrounding the organs in the abdominal cavity) while African Americans primarily lost total body fat. In conclusion, soy supplementation was found to reduce abdominal fat in obese postmenopausal women.1
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology
1 Christie DR, Grant J, Darnell BE, et al. Metabolic effects of soy supplementation in postmenopausal Caucasian and African American women: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010.
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder Recognized as a Category Leader By Consumers & Health Food Stores Nationwide. Awarded Prestigious Vity Award for 2nd Year in a Row!
ORANGE, CA - June, 2010 Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain powdered drink mix for the 2nd year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
“I am proud and honored that our Weight Gain Powder has once again been recognized for enhancing the lives of our loyal customers,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s CEO. “Our all natural, no sugar added formula is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Naturade® is a leading supplier of high quality, science-based nutritional supplements and functional food products to the Natural Products channel, the Food, Drug, Mass, Club trade channels, as well as the Professional channel. Naturade® has been providing high quality nutritional supplements since 1926. The company markets a number of products under the brands Naturade®, Symbiotics®, ProSymbiotics® and Ageless Foundation Laboratories®.
A new study finds that the isoflavone in soybeans can prevent a second stroke in individuals suffering from cerebrovascular events. According to the study published in The European Heart Journal, isoflavone reverses endothelial dysfunction in stroke sufferers.
Similar to cholesterol-lowering drugs, the chemical, also known as a phytoestrogen due to its estrogen-like effects, can improve the arterial blood flow in patients with a positive stroke history. Previous studies had reported that soy-rich diets can lower blood cholesterol levels and help prevent breast and prostate cancers. Isoflavones are also effective in lowering the risk of arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular events.
University of Hong Kong scientists concluded that taking isoflavone dietary supplements can help reduce the risk of future strokes or cardiovascular events in stroke patients.
A new study suggests that soy supplements can help postmenopausal women shed off pounds, in addition to various health benefits reported.
Previous studies had reported that the high estrogen content in soy-rich products can help women during and after menopause in various aspects ranging from treating hot flashes to reducing heart attack risk factors like high cholesterol.
According to the study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, women following a diet rich in soy supplements have less abdominal fat in more precise computerized tomography (CT) scans. The efficacy of the diet, however, varies in different races. While adopting such a diet helps white women lose more visceral and abdominal fat, the use of soy supplements is associated with considerable reductions in the overall body fat in black women. Compared to white women, black women are also reported to lose more weight during the same time, the study found. Scientists, however, stressed that postmenopausal women should not start taking soy supplements just for the sake of controlling body composition or body weight.
Source: Press TV