In the Pink Month or National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the following is intended for breast cancer survivors.
A study published in Journal of American Medical Association suggests use of soy foods may help women diagnosed with breast cancer reduce risk of premature death and recurrence.
The study led by Shu X.O. and colleagues from Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center showed those who had highest intake of soy protein were 30 percent less likely to die or had recurrence of the disease during a 4-year follow-up.
Soy foods are high in isoflavones, phytoestrogens that have been associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in previous studies, according to the background information in the study report.
The study was meant to examine the effect of soy protein intake on the health in women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.
For the study, the researchers enlisted 5,042 female breast cancer survivors in China ages 20 to 75 years who participated in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study. The participants were diagnosed with the disease between March 2002 and April 2006 and followed up through June 2009.
During the 3.9-year follow-up, of 5,033 women who underwent surgery, 444 women died and 534 suffered recurrence or breast cancer related deaths.
The researchers found those who had highest intake of soy protein were 29 percent less likely to die and 32 percent less likely to have recurrence of breast cancer compared to those who had lowest intake.
The mortality rate among women having the highest intake of soy protein was 7.4 percent compared to 10.3 percent for those who had lowest intake.
The recurrence rate among those who ate highest amounts of soy foods was 8 percent compared to 11.2 percent among those who had the lowest intake.
The researchers concluded “Among women with breast cancer, soy food consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and recurrence.”
More reports on diet and breast cancer will be released in the pink month.
Naturade®, a leading brand in the natural products channel for more than 84 years, is proud to announce the introduction of Naturade Pea Protein™, a new vegan formula that provides all the benefits of pea protein in a delicious vanilla shake.
Pea Protein is a natural plant-based protein that is derived from yellow peas (Pisum sativum), also known as “split peas.” Naturade Pea Protein™ is all natural and contains no animal by-products, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors. It uses non-GMO pea protein that is 100% gluten-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free and dairy-free.
“This product is highly soluble, easy to digest, hypoallergenic – and it tastes great! Naturade Pea Protein™ is formulated using only the highest quality pea protein isolate available. Its phenomenal amino acid profile includes nine essential amino acids. Since these essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the human body, they must be supplied by our diets. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are used by our bodies to support our bones, muscles and connective tissues. Each great tasting vanilla shake provides an excellent source of vegetable-based protein and is suitable for low-carbohydrate dieters, vegetarians, vegans, children, athletes and anyone looking to add some extra protein to their diet.” says Rick Robinette, the CEO of Naturade.
Naturade Pea Protein™ is available in a 15.66oz canister (12 servings) that will initially be distributed through health and natural food stores nationwide, and is also available on naturade.com. Suggested retail price is $18.75.
New studies indicate that breast cancer survival rate may be increased with moderate soy consumption
Eating soy boosts breast cancer survival
Soy consumption for cancer patients has been the subject of some controversy. A new study has shown that breast cancer survivors who consume soy foods reap important health benefits and found that eating soy can increase the rate of survival for breast cancer patients.
According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), women diagnosed with breast cancer and who consumed soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk, or edamame reduced their risk of recurrence by 32 percent. 1
Previous research refuted
Previous research had produced contradictory results with some studies suggesting that soy foods reduce the risk of breast cancer and others that compounds unique to soy may help breast cancer cells to grow. Now, previous theories been refuted with this new study demonstrating that soy does not increase the growth of breast cancer cells and has been proven to increase survival rates.
Higher soy intake – lower mortality
Researchers also found that breast cancer patients who consumed soy had a 29 percent decreased risk of death, compared to women who consumed little or no soy. Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD, lead researcher and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, said, “Women who had a higher soy intake had a lower mortality and lower risk of relapse [than women with a low soy intake].”
Dr. Shu and her fellow researchers analyzed data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, the largest population-based study of breast cancer survival to date. The study included 5,042 women from 20 to 75 years of age and followed them for a period of four years.
Soy compounds reduce estrogen in the body
Soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens, also known as isoflavones. Although these substances are one thousand times less potent than human estrogen, there has been some concern that isoflavones may have an estrogen-like effect and may increase cancer risk.
However, many experts believe that because isoflavones fool the body into accepting the very weak compound, phytoestrogen actually competes with the human estrogen, thus reducing the overall level of estrogen in the body.
Soy is safe and potentially beneficial
An editorial accompanying this new study suggests some probable inconsistencies in prior research. The editorial attributed those inconsistencies to the fact that soy consumption in the U.S. is a good deal lower, which made the beneficial effects of consuming soy foods difficult to identify. In China, soy intake is higher and diets tend to include the intake of more traditional soy from food sources, rather than from soy supplements.
The researchers report, “The inverse association was evident among women with either estrogen receptor-positive or receptor-negative breast cancer and was present in both users and nonusers of tamoxifen.”
“In summary, in this population-based prospective study, we found that soy food intake is safe and was associated with lower mortality and recurrence among breast cancer patients.” These scientists concluded that, among women with breast cancer, soy food consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and recurrence. Dr Shu and her colleagues stated, “This study suggests that moderate soy food intake is safe and potentially beneficial for women with breast cancer.”
1. Shu XO, Zheng Y, Cai H, et al. Soy food intake and breast cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302:2437-2443. Ballard-Barbash R, Neuhouser ML. Challenges in design and interpretation of observational research on health behaviors and cancer survival. JAMA. 2009;302:2483-2484.
Healthy individuals should start by cutting 500-1,000 calories from their daily caloric intake to jump start their weight loss regime. You can do so by following a sensible meal plan that includes Naturade Total Soy:
Sample Meal Plan:
Breakfast: Mix 36 g (2 scoops) Naturade Total Soy with 8 oz. cold water or your favorite beverage of choice
Snack: 1 cup low fat yogurt with fruit
Lunch: Mix 36 g (2 scoops) Naturade Total Soy with 8 oz. cold water or your favorite beverage of choice, plus 1/2 banana or 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit
Snack: 1 cup raw vegetables, like carrots or celery 2 tbsp protein, such as hummus or peanut butter
Dinner: 2-4 oz lean meat or fish, 1/2 cup steamed vegetables, 1 starch (such as 1 oz slice whole wheat bread or 1/2 cup cooked potatoes or 1/3 cup cooked rice)
Be sure to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day and get 30-60 minutes of exercise at least 4 days per week.
The key to success starts by making modifications to your diet to ensure you are eating right. Start by cutting out foods that add unnecessary and hollow calories to your diet, and increasing consumption of Soy Protein and Fiber. This is easier to do than you may think when you follow the Naturade Total Soy 4 Easy Steps® plan.
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®.
Did you know you can quickly bake a brownie with Naturade® Total Soy? Mix 2 scoops of chocolate powder, 1/4 cup water in small bowl, bake in microwave oven about 2 minutes. Add a tsp. sugar free caramel topping and YUM – a chocolate caramel brownie for 165 calories.
- 2 oz papaya juice
- 2 oz coconut juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1 scoop ice cream
- 1/3 cup Naturade® Protein Powder
Pour juices into blender and turn blender on. Add 1 scoop of ice cream (experiment with different flavors for a variety of unique shakes). Finally, add your favorite flavor of Naturade® Protein Powder and blend until smooth and creamy. If you’re not near your blender, make this Fruity Island Delight in your Naturade® blender bottle and Enjoy!
- 6 oz milk, soy milk or water
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp strawberry preserves (or any fruit preserve or jelly)
- 1/3 cup Naturade® Protein Powder of your choice
Pour milk, soy milk or water into blender and turn blender on. Add peanut butter and jam to liquid and continue to blend. Add your favorite flavor of Naturade® Protein Powder and blend until rich and creamy. You can also enjoy this Crazy Peanut Butter & Jelly Shake when you’re on the go. Use your Naturade® blender bottle and Enjoy!
- 5 oz milk, soy milk or water
- 1/3 cup Naturade® Total Soy Bavarian Chocolate
- ½ banana
Pour milk, soy milk or water into blender and turn blender on. Add banana to blender, then add Naturade® Total Soy Bavarian Chocolate. Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy this rich, chocolate-banana treat in place of one meal a day.
An American favorite! Make a great tasting, sugar-free, fat-free, banana protein shake with Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement. This creamy drink isn’t too sweet, it’s fat free and is a healthy choice for breakfast or any time of the day. You can prepare a sugar-free banana protein shake in just minutes.
- 2 Scoops of Naturade Total Soy Vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of sugar free/fat free instant banana pudding (or your choice of flavors)
- 6 oz. water
- Several ice cubes
Mix in blender until smooth. Enjoy!