January 24, 2012
Mia The Diva
Diva Eats&Treats Tuesday l Soy and Brain Function
So I know we love our Soy Milk, Soy Beans, Soy Sauce, Soy! Soy! Soy!
There was a study done by a Dr. Lon White who did a 30 year study on the diets of more than 8,000 Japanese American Men who ate 2 servings of To Fu a week vs those who ate more than 2 servings a week.
They found out that those who ate more tofu were more likely to become senile and forgetful as they grew older. Out of the 26 foods studied only tofu had a big impact on brain function. The men who had a high intake of tofu not only scored lower on these test of mental ability but their brains were more likely to show signs of advanced age and shrinkage – their test scores were of someone typical 4 years their senior – not a good look for a divo! That’s why divas date younger guys, lol just kidding – ok no I’m not! 😉
So what does all this have to do with divas you’re wondering that’s a fly guy’s problem sucks to be him, what does this have to do with me?
Weeeeellllll as far as divas are concerned this study caused alot of controversy because it had contradicted other test and studies that found soy to be beneficial. That soy may fight cancer, heart disease, prevent osteoporosis and releive menopause symptoms.
The craze for soy is credited by research that have discovered that soy has isoflavones which is a type of phytoestrogen or plant estrogen. Our brain cells have little recievers on it like a Dish Network plate – this little receptors link up with estrogen to help maintain brain function.
White believes that these phytoestrogen molecule divas compete with the body’s natural estrogens for these receptors and try to take over and be the star of the show! He also says that people need to understand that isoflavones are complex chemicals that act like drugs and change the body’s chemistry.
White continues that the ” great ” things that consumers have been hearing about soy have little to do with nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.
” All that hype is related to the idea that soy contains other kinds of molecules that act like medicines, they alter the way our body chemistry works. ” – Dr. Lon White
The problem is that many think these isoflavones interfere with enzymes and amino acids in the brain’s memory center called ” hippocampus “ it is believed that these isoflavones block these enzymes process of going to the brain’s memory center that is essential to learning and memory.
Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm……
Mia The Diva