Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
There is evidence that consuming more plant foods like edamame decreases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and overall mortality. It can also promote a healthy complexion and hair, and it can boost energy.
The calcium and magnesium in soy may help to lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), regulate blood sugar, and prevent migraine headaches.
Soy-food consumption has been associated with a lower risk of several specific age and lifestyle-related conditions, and with improvements in overall health.
1) Age-related brain diseases
Findings from geographic epidemiological studies show that among populations who consume greater amounts of soy, there is statistically less likelihood of experiencing age-related mental disorders.
2) Cardiovascular disease
Consuming soy protein as an alternative to animal protein leads to lower levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. This, in turn, decreases the risk of atherosclerosis and high-blood pressure.
3) Breast and prostate cancer
Genistein, the predominant isoflavone in soy, contains antioxidant properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Edamame contains folate, which may help relieve depression. It may do this by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body.
High levels of homocysteine can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain, and they can interfere with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These hormones regulate mood, sleep, and appetite.
People with type 2 diabetes often experience kidney disease, which causes the body to excrete an excessive amount of protein in the urine.
In 2004, researchers reported that study participants who consumed isolated soy protein (ISP) as their only form of protein during an 8-week period excreted less protein than those who consumed only animal protein. However, 17 percent of participants reported that the ISP lead to digestive symptoms.
For women of child-bearing age, consuming more iron and protein from plant sources such as edamame, spinach, beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, and beets appear to promote fertility, according to Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publications.
In addition, folic acid intake is essential during pregnancy to protect against neural tube defects in infants. One 155-gram cup of edamame provides 482 mcg DFE of folate.
The recommended intake of folate is 400 mcg DFE for men and women aged 19 years and above, 600 mcg DFE during pregnancy, and 500 mcg DFE while breastfeeding.
7) Energy levels
A lack of iron in the diet can affect how efficiently the body uses energy. Edamame is a good non-heme source of iron, along with lentils, spinach, and dried fruit.
Edamame contains choline, a nutrient that is similar to the B vitamins. It contributes to healthful sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory.
Choline also helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.
Soy isoflavones are known to decrease bone loss and increase bone mineral density during menopause.They have also been reported to reduce other menopausal symptoms.
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