Soya Milk And Its Health Benefits
How I Discovered Soya Milk
I am writing this article because I was inspired by a question in our HubPages forum "Is Soya Milk Really Bad For You?" by a co hubber Meg Moon. After I have written my answer to this question, I thought why not write about soya milk and its health benefits. About my relationship with soya milk and how I came to know soya milk. In this, I will be telling you my own experience with soya milk.
It was in my late 30´s when I went to my gynecologist for a check-up. I was telling her that I lacked concentration, a bit forgetful, nervous and sometimes I didn´t know what I felt. She told me bluntly, " you are in your pre- menopausal period. You are getting old but it´s normal for a woman at your age." Then she gave me a prescription paper for a medicine to buy. It was a hormonal medicine which contained oestrogen and I had to come back after 3 months.
Wow! I was still gobsmacked when I went out of the doctors´ clinic. I thought, " is it the near ending of my life?" How do you feel to be told like that? Of course I was shocked. I did not feel old and I was looking 10 years younger than I was. I bought the medicine which was really of great help to my health, went quarterly to my doctor and took my oestrogen medicine for a year. Until I found out that the medicine I took, could cause me breast cancer.
There were a lot of bad news in the telly and in the newspapers about women with breast cancers, due to taking the oestrogen medicine. Well, that was what I read and what I saw in the health report programs here on German television. Having seen the reports, I stopped taking oestrogen and was looking for healthy alternatives. Then I found out that soya milk has a phyto hormones Isoflavones that helps prevent pre- menopausal and menopause problems. As I am lactose intolerant, it was and is the right healthy drink for me.
Health benefits of soya milk are:
- It has Isoflavones, a plant hormones which helps reduce menopause symptoms. When you have drank soya milk in your younger years, you will not be having these menopause symptoms. As what I have read in my research about soya milk, Asian women don´t suffer hot flushes, extreme sweating and other menopause symptoms because they are eating soya beans, soya sprouts and other soya products beside drinking the milk.
- It has no lactose. It is good for people who have lactose intolerance.
- It has only vegetable protein.
- It has no cholesterol.
- It is good in preventing heart diseases, osteoporosis and cancer.
- It has Vitamins B and E. Vitamin E is good in obtaining healthy looking skin.
Soya milk is made out of ground soya beans which should be soaked in water first before grinding and pressing the soya milk out of the soaked soya beans by using clean cloth as a strainer. Some Japanese and Chinese people are using this method of soya milk making. Nowadays, you can buy soya milk making machine if you like to make your own. But why not buy your soya milk in the Asian shops or in the supermarkets? You will save yourself the trouble and the time in making.
In Asian shops, you can buy different kinds of soya milk from all over Asia especially China.
- Powdered Soya Milk
This is very handy as each sachet is good for one glass and it will not easily get sour. This is sold in a pack. Some are sold in a glass. This drink in a sachet is mostly in its natural flavor.
- Liquid Soya milk
Liquid soya milk is sold in a liter tetra pack, it can easily get sour when not stored in a refrigerator and has to be consumed in 2 days or before its expiration date. You can buy this drink in different flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberries, bananas and many others.
Missing my favorite drink
Once I was having a 3 weeks holiday with my family in my home country, I did not bring Isoflavone capsules with me as I thought I could buy soya milk in my hometown and besides that, there were plenty of soy products I could buy. That´s what I thought.
Being with my Filipino relatives, I forgot about soya milk because I was so busy meeting my friends and my relatives from other towns. Then one day, my son said "why are you so nervous? You kept on repeating what you have just said a few minutes ago." I said, "I don´t know". It seems something was not right with me. Maybe it was the heat of the sun. Maybe, I was no longer used to so much sunshine.
Then our holiday was over. Back to Germany, back to the same routine of working, sleeping and of course drinking 2 glasses of soya milk per day. To shorten the story, after a few weeks I realized it was the lack of drinking soya milk that I felt awful in our holiday in the Philippines.
Other sources of Isoflavone:
- Eating soya bean sprouts in your salads and stir-fry vegetables.
- Eating tofu, a soya bean curd mostly eaten in Asian countries and by vegetarian people. Can be fried with vegetables instead of meat. It´s tasteless (for me) but you can put spices on it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my hub. Please leave your comment.
I love Soy Isoflavone capsules as I can have them with me while traveling. They are very important to my health as a middle-aged woman.
Have you tried drinking soya milk?
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© 2012 Thelma Alberts