Soy Effects on Men - Why Men Need Soy

Learn about soyfoods/soybean oil and health directly from the experts in our series of short video clips.
Why Men Need Soy
Mark Messina, Ph.D.
Nutrition Professor, Mark Messina, discusses how soy has many positive impacts on men's health including being a heart-healthy food along with evidence that modest soy consumption can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Some men are mistakenly under the impression that consuming soy will increase estrogen levels and reduce testosterone, but that's absolutely not the case.

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Show video transcript

"I'm Mark Messina. I'm a Nutrition professor at Loma Linda University in California. And men often don't realize it, but soyfoods have a lot to offer them.

Soyfoods provide high quality protein which is important for building muscle in response to resistance exercise. Soyfoods are low in saturated fat, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, the soy protein actually directly lowers blood cholesterol levels, so soy foods are a very heart healthy food and heart disease is the number one killer among men. In addition, there is very exciting information indicating that modest amounts of soy can actually reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.

It's very easy for men to incorporate soy foods into their diet and I'd recommend that they consume two to three servings per day. They can use soymilk with their cereal in the morning, they can use soynuts as a snack, and then they can use the green soybeans or edamame as a vegetable.

Some men may be under the impression that soyfoods have feminizing effects, but that's absolutely not the case. There's considerable amount of scientific evidence indicating that soy foods do not lower blood testosterone levels. They do not raise estrogen levels. They do not adversely affect sperm or semen, so they are a wonderful food for men."

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