The genistein is part of a group of compounds called isoflavones which are in soy, and that has benefits to the body as being a powerful antioxidant and inhibit the growth of cancer cells and bind in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This substance can be found mainly in soy beans and their derivatives, but is also present in foods such as beans, chickpeas and peas.
The recommended amount of isoflavones of soybean, which include the genisteína, varies between 30 and 50 mg/day, which can be obtained from the consumption of soy and its derivatives, or the use of supplements with these compounds, which must be used in accordance with the guidance of the doctor.
Thus, the regular consumption of good amounts of genisteína brings the following health benefits:
1. Protect against cancer
The genisteína has a proven protective effect mainly against the cancers of the breast, colon and prostate. In women who still menstruate, she acts regulating the excess of the hormone estrogen, which can end up causing changes in the cells and cancer.
2. Reduce the symptoms of menopause
In women who are in menopause, the genisteína acts as a compound similar to estrogen, which relieves the symptoms of menopause, especially the excessive heat, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis, which are frequent consequences in post-menopause.
3. Reduce cholesterol
The genisteína is a potent antioxidant that acts by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood, which is the bad cholesterol, increasing the levels of HDL, which is the good cholesterol. This effect protects the blood vessels against the appearance of atherosclerosis, which are plates of fat clog the blood vessels and cause problems such as heart attack and STROKE.
4. Strengthen the immune system
The genistein and other isoflavones are powerful antioxidants and therefore act to strengthen the immune system and bringing benefits such as preventing changes to the cellular that lead to cancer, reduce the loss of protein in the body and regulate the life cycle of the cells.
This effects, in addition to preventing diseases, they also help to prevent the premature aging and the increase of registered expressions in the skin.
5. Prevention of diabetes
The genistein acts by stimulating the production of insulin, the hormone responsible for stimulating the reduction of glycaemia, the content of sugar in the blood. This effect occurs both with the supplementation of own soy protein and the use of tablets with its flavonoids, which must be taken according to medical advice.