Soya Isoflavone

Soya Isoflavones

Isoflavones are natural plant hormones. Isoflavones can be found in many foods but the best known source is the soy bean (Glycine max).

Soy Isoflavones are naturaly present in the soy bean. The soy bean (Glycine max) has been known to man kind in its original area, Asia for 5000 years. Soy was considered as one of the 5 holy crops, besides rice, wheat, barley and millet. Soy has been used in the Western world only since the 20th century.

Soy bean is a leguminous plants like peas or green beans. Soybeans can bind nitrogen from the air in the soil. Soy can be grown on a variety of soils and a wide range of climates, ranging form tropical Brazil to the snowy island Hokkaido in Japan. The soy bean plant is an erect hairy plant of about 0.7 to 1.4 m with large trifoliate leaves, white or flowers and pods with only one to four seeds. The soy beans are almost spherical in shape and are light yellow colored, although some varieties are green, brown or black.

The main components of soy are proteins, soy bean oil and carbohydrates. These are healthy components but the soy isoflavones are responsible for many of health benefits. Dried soy beans contain about 200 mg soy isoflavones per 100 g soy beans. The most important soy isoflavones are daidzein and genistein.

The soy isoflavones are responsible for most of the soy health benefits. The Soy bean is a plant cultivated as foodstuff whose health properties have recently been discovered. Thorough studies have revealed that the consumption of the soy beans have favourable effects on people's health. Another source of isoflavones is red clover. As opposed to soy beans, red clover is normally not eaten but the isoflavones are extracted in industrial processes and used to make isoflavones supplements. Soya Isoflavones are natural antioxidant.