Tel Aviv, July 6 (IANS) The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 has dropped to 64 per cent in Israel, the country's Ministry of Health said.The new figure refers to the period between June 6 and July 3, and it is significantly lower than the effectiveness rate of 94.3 percent in protection against infection, measured between May 2 and June 5, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying on Monday.It noted that the decline was observed along with the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant in Israel.However, the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing hospitalisations and severe coronavirus disease is currently estimated at 93 per cent in Israel.The Ministry currently promotes the administration of a third vaccine dose to those who have suffered a functional decline in the immune system, but there is currently no decision to launch a third dose campaign for the entire population.Since the start of the vaccination campaign in Israel on December 20, 2020, over 5.65 million people, or 60.6 per cent of the population, have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 5.18 million have received the second dose.--IANSksk/
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) With cases of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 getting reported from various parts of the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday that lab test results of the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine on the new mutant will be out in 10 days."Tests to check vaccine effectiveness on Delta Plus variant are ongoing. The virus has been isolated and is being cultured now at ICMR's National Institute of Virology in Pune. The results will be available in 7 to 10 days. These will be the first such results in the world," the ministry said.Covishield and Covaxin vaccines work against SARS-CoV-2 variants Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta, while their effectiveness against the Delta Plus is being tested, the ministry said.As per the latest data, 90 per cent of the samples tested have been found to have Delta variants (B.1.617). However, the B.1.1.7 strain, which was the most prevalent variant in India in the initial days of the pandemic, has decreased.The Delta Plus variant has an additional mutation in comparison to the Delta variant; this mutation has been named the K417N mutation. 'Plus' means an additional mutation has happened to the Delta variant. It does not mean that the Delta Plus variant is more severe or highly transmissible as compared to the Delta variant.The Delta Plus variant has been classified as 'Variant of Concern' because of its increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response, and potential post vaccination immune escape.The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) along with the Union Health Ministry, ICMR and CSIR, monitors the genomic variations in SARS-CoV-2 on a regular basis through a pan-India multi-laboratory network. It was set up with 10 national labs in December 2020 and has been expanded to 28 labs and 300 sentinel sites from where genomic samples are collected.The INSACOG hospital network looks at samples and informs INSACOG about the severity, clinical correlation, breakthrough infections and re-infections.More than 65,000 samples have been taken from different states and processed, while nearly 50,000 samples have been analysed of which 50 per cent have been reported to be 'Variants of Concern'.--IANSmiz/arm
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced its interim data of 503 patients from its Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS) study on Favipiravir in India.The PMS study, commenced in July 2020, aimed to evaluate safety and efficacy of Favipiravir in mild to moderate Covid-19 patients. This PMS is the first and large post marketing study being conducted in India on Favipiravir in mild to moderate Covid-19 patients and as on date, a total of 1,083 patients have been enrolled in the prospective, open label, multicentre, single arm study. A total of 13 sites - both government and private institutions - across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nashik, Nagpur, and Thiruvanthapuram took part. Interim data presented by Glenmark to the regulator reveals no new safety signals or concerns with the use of Favipiravir and already-known side effects such as weakness, gastritis, diarrhoea, vomiting etc., which were found to be mild in nature. The time to fever resolution was seen on day 3, while two-third of the patients achieved clinical cure on day 7. The study was conducted in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19, in line with the approved indication of the drug. The mean age of patients was 40 years, with the most common age group being 30-45 years. Women comprised 40 per cent, while men 60 per cent of the study population. Hypertension and diabetes were the two most common comorbidities noted in these patients. Fever was present in all patients at baseline followed by cough (84.6 per cent), fatigue (55 per cent), and new loss of taste (38.1 per cent). Commenting on these findings, Alok Malik, Group Vice President & Head, India Formulations, said: "It is encouraging to note that our interim data supports the safety and effectiveness of FabiFlu in real-world settings. Since its launch last year, FabiFlu has provided immense relief to millions of patients in India and the world, while also reducing the overall burden on healthcare infrastructure. We will soon submit the final study findings to the regulator and continue to deliver FabiFlu's multiple benefits to patients all over." On June 19 2020, Glenmark became the first company in India to receive restricted emergency use approval from India's drug regulator for FabiFlu, making it the first oral Favipiravir-approved medication in India for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19. The approval was granted as part of accelerated approval process, considering the emergency situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in India. --IANSsan/d
Mostly, women are aware of reproductive facts and something called a biological clock ticking away. This comes into prominence especially when couples plan their pregnancy. One should keep in mind that fertility is age-related for both men and women and this understanding is pivotal because it helps in conceiving, the baby's health depends on it and one can make informed choices during pregnancy.
How age affects a women's fertility as compared to men?
Fertility with age has a different effect on men and women. A woman is born with certain number of eggs that only get depleted over a period of time, and after some time she can't produce any more eggs. But in the case of a man, he can produce sperms his entire life. Therefore, it signifies the women's pregnancy health window is short as compared to a man's, who can even father a child in their 60s and 70s. So, let's have a look at the fertility across different age groups:
Fertility in their 20s:
According to the experts, this is the perfect age group for a woman to have a healthy pregnancy. This is the age when women are most fertile. The difference in fertility in their early 20s and late 20s is almost negligible.
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Some of the great advantages of pregnancy during this age group are:
* As your eggs have lesser odds of carrying genetic abnormalities, the chances of your child having any genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Thalassemia, etc. is minimal.
* The risk of miscarriage lays only 10 per cent.
* Less likely that you will have premature baby or baby with low birth weight.
* Even the mother has lower risk of any health complications like gestational diabetes or hypertension.
The disadvantages of this phase are:
* In first pregnancy, the risk of pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication, becomes higher
* If you have PCOD or uterine fibroids or any underlying medical condition, achieving a pregnancy is complicated.
* When it comes to male fertility, they don't have to worry at all. If at all infertility has been diagnosed in a man, then it's all because of his lifestyle choices that lead to obesity, hypertension, contraction of any sexually transmitted infection and diabetes. This can be reversed in the case of men by altering lifestyle choices. Sexually Transmitted Infections in men affect the motility and concentration of sperms.
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Fertility in their 30s:
If a woman wants to conceive in this phase of her life, then the chances of expecting are between 15 and 20 per cent each month provided they don't have any underlying health conditions. A study has confirmed that women in 30s have 30 per cent chances of conceiving in their first try. But, fertility tends to decline when a woman reaches 35 because of the decreased quality and quantity of the eggs. Even the chances of conceiving naturally after 35 are also minimal. The increased level of the follicle-stimulating hormone in a female body makes her more prone to having twins or triplets.
The risks of conceiving in 30s are:
* Higher C-section rates
* Higher chances of genetic issues in the newborn
* Increased rates of miscarriages and stillbirths
* Elevated risks of ectopic pregnancy
Fertility in your 40s and beyond:
In case of a woman, it's not impossible to conceive in this age but one should take notice of the fact that during each ovulatory cycle, pregnancy rate dips to 5 per cent between 40 and 44, whereas beyond 45 it gets reduced to 1 per cent. According to Center for Disease Control, half of women across the globe undergo fertility issues in 40s.
The risk factors of conceiving remains the same as it is in their 30s. Since there are risk factors involved, there is no guarantee that a female can conceive for sure. Even a man's fertility also declines in this age group as the sperm count and semen volume also decreases. But, one should not give up hope and consult a fertility expert at the right time.
Ultimately, the perfect time to get pregnant is when you feel it's the right time for you. It's completely fine if want to feel more confident in your career and finances to start building your family. If you do choose to wait, do consult with your doctor or a fertility specialist to make sure no health issues will come as surprise once you're ready. The fertility expert will not only help you know your ovarian reserve but can also suggest ways and means to preserve your fertility till you are ready to become a mother.
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Are you dealing with the stressful symptoms of PCOS? Be it missed periods, excessive hair growth on the face or body, weight gain, acne, and fertility issues. The pandemic made it all the more difficult to consult our doctor face-to-face to deal with these problems, but digital healthcare platforms have made it easier for women dealing with such queries to consult the right doctor.
The Covid-19 pandemic may have accelerated the shift towards digital healthcare practices in India, but its adoption among women in 2020- especially in non-metro cities- has been significant. Registering an overall growth of more than 212 per cent from the previous year, online consultations emerged as one of the preferred modes of consulting doctors by women in India, according to data from Practo.
According to Practo, more women in non-metro cities opted for online consultations in 2020- growing at an average rate of 550 per cent, compared with 400 per cent recorded among women in metro cities. This means that even as the majority (65 per cent) of the total number of online consultations done by women in 2020 were from metro cities, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of women from non-metro cities adopting telemedicine. In fact, this trend has been developing over the past three years.
PCOS, skin allergy, weight loss, thyroid, depression, hair fall, and UTI were some of the most discussed queries by women from non-metro cities last year, says the health platform.
Women with PCOS have numerous cysts in their ovaries, caused by an overproduction of hormones called androgens. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents the ovaries from functioning properly. PCOS is also a red flag for the inception of type 2 diabetes, explains Prabha Acharya, Homeopath, who also consults on Practo.
For few women, gaining weight can influence their hormones. If you're obese or overweight, this might help get your hormones back to normal. Losing 10 per cent of your body weight may help your menstrual cycle become more predictable. This should help you get pregnant.
Therefore, weight loss prior to conception helps improve the live birth rate in obese women with or without PCOS. In simple words, living a healthy lifestyle and following the diet, with regular exercise, no smoking, less stress, and control of diabetes and other medical conditions prescribed by your doctor should improve your fertility odds. To lose weight on a PCOS diet, re-frame your thinking to eating to live, not living to eat.
Quick tips from the doctor:
1. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself well hydrated.
2. Eat foods low on the glycemic index. Low glycemic index foods are carbohydrates that break down slowly in the body, not causing a dramatic spike and then drop in insulin levels. Eat oats, brans, whole grains, broccoli, apples, etc. Avoid foods that are sugary and starchy such as syrups, sugar, jams, scones, white bread products, etc.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables for good fiber intake. Fiber helps promote healthy estrogen metabolism which aids in the reduction of elevated levels of androgens. E.g. whole grains, apples (with skin), green leafy vegetables, etc.
4. Eat small frequent meals in a day and avoid skipping any meal and especially the first meal of the day i.e. breakfast.
5. Include lean protein in your diet. E.g. lean chicken, fish, egg, nuts, legumes, pulses, low-fat dairy products, skimmed milk, etc.
6. Eat healthy Omega-3 fats in your diet. Sources: fatty fish, olive oil, walnuts, flax seeds, etc. And avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, such as meats, cheeses, and fried foods.
7. Get some sun rays for 10-15 mins for your Vitamin D requirement. Great food sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil, eggs, salmon, etc.
8. Exercise daily. Exercise plays a huge role by keeping weight in check, this helps regulate the hormones and increases chances of ovulation.
9. Distress yourself. Try yoga.
10. Avoid drinking aerated drinks. Avoid processed, junk food. Quit smoking and alcohol. A regular visit to the doctor for follow-up.
Follow your plan and most importantly believe in yourself, because only you have the potential to change your circumstances! (Siddhi Jain)
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Soybean Health Benefits: Soybean is a leguminous crop that contains high amounts of proteins and fibers, which are considered extremely beneficial for health. It is commonly known as Soy due to its commercialized nature. Soybean is high in oil content and contains other minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. It can be eaten in different preparations and ways and is a staple food in many cultures worldwide in some way or another.
How did 'soybean' originate?
Soybeans originated in Southeast Asia and have been around for more than 8000-9000 years. Chinese farmers first domesticated it around 1100 BC. It is economically the most important bean in the world due to its nutrient content and commercial applications. The word 'soy' or 'soya' is believed to have been derived from the Japanese word- 'Shoyu.'
Soybean seeds first came into North America in 1765 as a gift from a Japanese sailor to the state of Georgia. Then it became the commercial hit it is today. Soybean is easy to cultivate and harvest. The industrial processing of soybeans into its different products is far cheaper than any other bean. There are over 10,000 varieties of soybeans now.
Historical uses of Soybean
Soybeans have been given the "miracle crop" accolade for being the world's foremost provider of vegetable protein and oil. It has been used as a protein supplement for ages as it was easy to cook and cultivate. Soybeans were used when meat was scarce as a major source of protein in ancient diets. Most of the commercial avenues were explored by United States America when they domesticated the plant first in 1804.
Since then, massive industries were made to process soybeans commercially as they were found to be rich in protein and a much cheaper option than meat. In 1904, Soybeans were produced so much that they had to be used as animal fodder, which resulted in healthier cattle and more milk production, leading to better businesses.
Most traditional dishes prepared in Southeast Asia involve soybean's use in one way or another. It became a secondary staple to such regions along with rice. Its paste has been used to treat skin infections and burns ever since it came under Ayurveda's purview under Shushrut Samhita.
Benefits of using Soybean in medical treatment
Soybean improves the metabolism, which can be helpful in weight management and quick recovery of muscles. It helps in managing blood sugar levels by facilitating insulin secretion because of its antioxidant property. Soy milk prepared from Soybean can be drunk by people who cannot drink normal milk due to lactose intolerance; soy milk is completely lactose-free. Thus, it is often used as an able replacement of milk in many products as well.
Soybean is rich in isoflavones, which prevent fat build-up in the body and reduce the chances of obesity or manage it to a certain extent. Studies have suggested that isoflavones can also lead to a lesser risk of hormone-associated cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancers.
Soybean is considered a valuable food as it has anti-aging properties that help in the regeneration of skin cells and prevent wrinkles and fine lines in the skin for a prolonged period. Soybean oil's application on the skin has a rejuvenating effect on the damaged areas due to scars or wounds. As it is rich in high-quality protein, a Soybean oil application on hair might prevent hair damage and improve hair growth.
Soybean Health Benefits: Treating diseases/disorder using Soybean
1. Breast cancer:
There is an absence of conclusive evidence to suggest soybean's effects on breast cancer patients. Some studies suggest that the consumption of Soybean might be beneficial in curbing cancer symptoms due to the presence of isoflavones in it.
2. Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 and 2)
Soybean is rich in antioxidants, which can help in managing diabetes. It reduces the extensive breakdown of carbohydrates, prevents free radicals from damaging pancreatic cells, and enhances insulin secretion by the same. More insulin results in lower blood sugar levels and thus, helping in managing diabetes.
In type 2 diabetes, the cells cannot absorb the glucose in the bloodstream resulting in the residual sugar harming the other tissues. Soy isoflavones improve insulin sensitivity, helping curb the problems associated with type 2 diabetes to a great extent.
Tips: Take roasted soybeans (seasoned or unseasoned) and grind them to make a powder. This powder can be added to various meals of your diet to maintain normal blood sugar levels daily.
3. High cholesterol:
Soybean or Soybean oil's regular consumption helps in managing cholesterol levels due to its hypolipidemic property. It contains antioxidants that lower the total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), and triglyceride levels in the blood.
Tips: The use of soybean oil in cooking daily meals can help maintain cholesterol levels that usually arise due to food consumption.
4. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Soybean is rich in saponins that help manage blood pressure levels by regulating the hormonal interaction of renin-angiotensin, which controls the blood pressure. Thus, regular consumption of soybean could curb the problems caused by hypertension.
Soybeans and the products based on it can help in treating osteoporosis due to its anti-resorptive properties. This helps in slowing down or blocking the resorption of the bone, maintaining its density and quality. In women, osteoporosis is caused due to a deficiency in estrogen hormone. The presence of phytoestrogens regulates hormone secretion and balance in the blood leading to a reduced risk of osteoporosis. This results in stronger bones, and the symptoms of osteoporosis do not show up.
Tips: Take sprouted soybean seeds and take the sprouts with cooked vegetables and add to a soup. This will fulfill the daily nutrition requirement and keeps your bones healthy and strong, providing respite from osteoporosis.
6. Inflammatory bowel disease:
Soybeans and soy supplements help in inflammatory bowel disease by curbing inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) due to proteins and isoflavones in it. These constituents have an anti-inflammatory effect inhibiting the release of inflammatory mediators and reducing inflammation naturally. They prevent intestinal cell damage due to their antioxidant properties as well.
Even though menopause will happen at a certain age, its onset can be prolonged by regular consumption of Soybean and its products. This is because soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens that are quite similar to the naturally occurring hormone estrogen and help maintain hormonal balance and action. Phytoestrogens act as natural facilitators for the secretion of estrogen by the endocrine glands, preventing menopause symptoms from occurring.
8. Metabolic syndrome:
Metabolic syndrome is a chain of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. It includes factors like obesity, insulin resistance, increased triglyceride levels in blood, hypertension, etc. Soybean helps manage these problems due to its high fiber content and phytoestrogens that help manage body weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Therefore, it is usually used as a preventive diet for maintaining cardiovascular (heart) health.
In vaginitis, the walls of the vagina become thin, dry, and inflamed due to low levels of estrogen in the body. It might help in managing vaginal atrophy due to the presence of isoflavones. Application of Soybean gel on the vaginal area provides relief from drying, inflammation, and thinning of walls of the vagina.
Soybean is rich in anti-aging properties, which help prevent the occurrence of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars caused because of age. The antioxidants present in Soy destroy the free radicals that hamper the body's tissues and skin. These antioxidants further protect the skin from harmful UV rays that destroy the outer skin layers.
Tips: A few drops of Soybean oil are mixed with a few drops of coconut oil. This mixture is applied to the affected area once or twice every week to get rid of aging symptoms on the skin.
Forms of soybean with the recommended dosage
1. Soybean- as per need.
2. Soybean seeds
3. Soybean oil- 1-2 teaspoons for individual preparation or as per need.
4. Soybean milk
5. Soy tofu
6. Soy isoflavone capsule- 1 capsule, twice a day or as directed by the physician.
7. Soy sprouts
Types of treatments using soybean:
1. Soy isoflavones Capsule:
Take 1 Soy isoflavones capsule with normal water after breakfast and after dinner. This will cure vitamin D deficiency, depression, stress and provide relief to diabetic patients.
2. Soybean oil:
This can be used in multiple ways but mostly during cooking (as per requirement) daily meals to manage cholesterol levels in the blood. It can also be applied to the skin with coconut oil to get rid of aging symptoms in wrinkles and fine lines.
3. Non-fermented soy food:
i) Soy milk
This is to be prepared by heating water extract f ground soybeans and filtering it. This can be served hot or cold as a beverage in breakfast or after workout sessions to fulfill daily nutritional needs. This preparation helps in maintaining good digestion and, it is also beneficial in diabetes.
This is a white protein curd prepared from soy milk with salt or acid. This can be eaten in place of meat as a protein source and can also be added in vegetable seasonings and served as a main dish.
iii) Soy sprouts:
The germination of soybean seeds forms them. It can be characterized as dark yellow cotyledons in the form of outgrowths. This can be used in cooking as a vegetable or as an additive in soups. It helps in fulfilling the nutritional content that is to be met daily during bodybuilding or recovery days.
iv) Roasted soybeans:
Roasted soybeans (seasoned and unseasoned) can be used as a snack. It can be used by grinding it to make a powder and sprinkled on top of seasonings to add to its overall nutritional value during meals.
4. Non-fermented Soy food:
Soya sauce can be used in food preparation or seasonings to add color and taste to the food.
5. Hair oil solutions:
Soybean oil can be added to coconut oil and olive oil and heated to a warm temperature. This mixture of oils is to be applied on the scalp and massaged for 5 minutes gently. This is to be left overnight or 45 -50 minutes before washing the head. This exercise will reduce hair fall and prevent premature greying of hair.
Precautionary guide while using Soybean
Soybean might cause allergic reactions in people with allergic rhinitis. So, it is recommended that such people's soybean intake is monitored under the supervision of a physician or to avoid using it completely.'
Soybean and soymilk are safe to take during breastfeeding when taken in normal amounts.
3. Diabetic people:
Excessive consumption of soybean might decrease blood glucose levels. It is advisable for patients taking anti-hypersensitive drugs to constantly monitor blood sugar levels and consult a physician before consuming soybeans.
4. Kidney disease:
The consumption of soybeans and its various forms can increase the risk of kidney stones as it contains a high amount of oxalates (that cause kidney stones). So, it is advisable for people susceptible to the kidney process to avoid its use as much as possible.
The consumption of soybeans and its products is considered safe when taken in food amounts during pregnancy. It is advisable to avoid excessive consumption of soymilk in place of normal milk. It might lead to a deformity in the bones due to an absence of nutrition caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D and calcium.
Side effects of Soybean
When consumed, soybean and its byproducts can decrease the effectiveness of warfarin, which is used to prevent blood clotting or slow it down. So, it generally leads to blood clotting areas of impact, leading to a fatal heart attack when the clot reaches the heart. Moreover, over-consumption of soybean can lead to constipation, bloating, and nausea or dizziness. It can also cause allergic reactions in rashes, itching, irritation of the skin, and anaphylaxis in people with several such allergies.
Soybean is rich in phytoestrogens, a build-up of which can cause infertility in both males and females. It also causes tiredness due to its depressive effect on the CNS (central nervous system), which could, in turn, affect thyroid function. The isoflavones present in soybean can trigger premature puberty and disrupt fetuses and children's development when taken in excessive amounts.
FAQs about Soybean
1. Is Soybean good for anemia?
Yes, soybeans are rich in minerals like iron, which is good for treating anemia. Soy's consumption balances an iron-deficient diet and improves hemoglobin levels in the blood plasma. This helps in managing anemia.
2. Is Soybean good for bodybuilding?
Yes, soybeans are naturally rich in protein content per 100g. It is low on carbohydrates and fats that are the two factors to cut during bodybuilding. The protein in soybeans help in muscle formation, recovery, and increases muscle building.
3. Is soybean good for babies?
Modern scientific research suggests that soybean could be good for babies when taken in food or as an ingredient in infant formulas. Some studies also suggest that soybean milk might not be ideal for babies as its regular consumption of milk can result in a nutrient deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients are considered building blocks of bones and the factors that affect growth. So, it is recommended that the use of soymilk be monitored under a physician's direction or to avoid its use completely for consumption in babies.
4. Is Soybean good for constipation?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in managing constipation. However, soybeans consumption in significant amounts can saturate its laxative properties in the body, and thus, it could help in clearing bowels; thus, helping in constipation.
Yes, Soy or soybean oil helps manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis due to its anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These factors inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators responsible for the inflammation caused during this type of arthritis. It also reduces joint pain and swelling associated with the same.
6. Is Soybean good for GERD?
Yes, soybean helps manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) due to its antisecretory and antioxidant properties. These factors present in Soybean suppress gastric acid secretion and provides relief from acid reflux. It protects the intestinal walls from cell damage and damage caused by acid.
7. Is Soybean good for herpes?
Yes, soybean might help in managing herpes due to its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the growth and multiplication of the herpes virus. This prevents the virus from infecting and affecting external genitalia, mucosal surfaces, and the skin around the lips.
8. Is soybean good for the liver?
Yes, soybean is rich in antioxidants and hepatoprotective properties. These factors present in soy milk destroy free radicals and prevents the liver from extensive cell damage.
9. Is soybean good for the heart?
Yes, soybean consumption is considered good for the heart as it is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants present in soybean help destroy free radicals, which cause cell damage in the heart and lead to the thinning of its walls. Moreover, soybean also lowers LDL levels (bad cholesterol) in the blood, thereby preventing plaque build-up in the blood vessels leading to the heart. All of these factors promote healthy heart functioning.
10. Is Soybean good for PCOS?
Yes, soybean is considered good for PCOS as it contains phytoestrogens, which are similar to estrogen (female sex hormone). It improves the levels of reproductive hormones and keeps them balanced. It also maintains the lipid profile; thus, curbing the problems caused by OCOS.
11. Is soybean good for a sore throat?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in managing a sore throat. However, soybean with ginger has been used traditionally to manage sore throat and provide relief.
12. Does Soybean cause bloating?
Yes, soybean can cause bloating. The phytic acid present in it combines with other minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron in the digestive tract and prevents its absorption into the bloodstream. This makes it difficult to digest and might lead to gastrointestinal issues and other side effects.
13. Does soybean cause infertility?
There is an absence of conclusive scientific evidence to suggest soybean's effect in causing infertility. However, the phytoestrogens content in soybeans can result in elevated levels of estrogen hormone in the male bodies causing multiple situations that, if not treated, could result in infertility. In females, overconsumption of soybeans could lead to hormonal imbalance and lead to fertility issues.
14. Does soybean cause weight gain?
No, the soybean does not cause weight gain; in fact, it might result in weight loss due to certain constituents like isoflavones that improve the metabolism of the body. It lowers LDL levels and triglycerides, which are the factors that cause weight gain typically in people.
15. Does Soybean cause thyroid problems?
Soybeans are naturally rich in iodine minerals when taken in significant amounts. Iodine levels in the blood help in the formation of the Thyroxine hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Thus, soybean constituents interfere with the normal production and utilization of thyroxine.
16. Can we eat raw soybean seeds?
No, raw soybean should not be consumed as it does not help in utilizing the nutrients present in the same. Raw soybean seeds can cause harmful effects in the digestive tract. Thus, soybeans should be cooked properly before consumption to digest and unlock their nutrients more effectively easily. This can easily fulfill the daily requirement of nutrients and protein essential for your body's growth.
17. Is soybean good for the skin?
Soybean has anti-aging properties that cause quicker cell regeneration and healing of scars and wounds. It also prevents the onset of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin and protects them from harmful UV rays under the sunlight. The antioxidants present in soybean improve collagen synthesis and help shape skin cells improving skin tone and preventing cell damage.
18. Is Soybean good for the hair?
Yes, soybean is rich in high-quality proteins that are otherwise absent in many oils. These proteins help in scalp cell repair and facilitate the formation of new cells and tissues in the body, including the hair follicles. Thus, applying soybean oil prevents hair loss and provides nourishment to the scalp improving hair growth to a great extent.