Is Soy Bad for You?

Is Soy Bad for You?

October 12, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, Nutritionist and Doctor
of Functional Medicine. A common question
I get is, “Is soy bad for you or is soy good
for you?” And the answer is, the majority
of the time soy is bad for you but sometimes
it can be good for you. It depends on the
form you’re buying it in.
And in this video, I’m going to lay to rest
and kind of show you exactly if soy is good
or if it’s bad and really also go over the
benefits and the side effects of consuming
the right and the wrong type of soy.
So my first answer here is, “Is soy good for
you or is soy bad for you?” And the answer
is yes, 95% of the soy out there today that
people consume is bad for you. Now soy was
popularized because we found in Okinawa, Japan,
they consumed a lot of soy. The problem is,
it was a different type of soy than we consume
today.
And the issue with soy is most soy today contains
something call phytoestrogens. And these phytoestrogens
are estrogen mimickers in the body. And so,
if you’re male consuming extra estrogen, it’s
going to give you more feminine characteristics.
If you’re a woman consuming foods that increase
estrogen, it’s going to increase your risk
of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other
hormone imbalance related disorders.
And so, that’s the main issue with most soy
products today is when you’re consuming a
general process soy, that’s a big issue. And
let me tell you this other thing, too. This
is a big deal, 90% of soy today is also genetically
modified, and genetically modified foods kill
off good bacteria in your gut known as probiotics
and also damage your digestive system.
So most soy today, because of the phytoestrogens,
because they’re genetically modified, they
are terrible for your health. And that includes
soy protein. That includes soymilk. That includes
almost any type of soy out there today aside
from something like a soy lecithin. But again,
most soy today is an issue because of phytoestrogens
and the GMO foods.
And it will increase women’s risk of PCOS,
that’s polycystic ovary syndrome. It’ll increase
the risk of other hormone related disorders,
cervical cancer, breast cancer. Those, women,
you want to stay away from any type of conventional
soy product that is genetically modified altogether.
And men as well, because it will cause more
feminine characteristics.
Now on the flip side, soy can be good for
you if it’s an organic, fermented soy. And
organic means, it’s not GMO. There’s no chemicals
or fertilizers or pesticides. And then fermented
means, it’s similar like turning a milk into
yogurt or cabbage into sauerkraut.
Fermenting it actually increases its probiotics.
And Natto which is the type of soy they consume
in Okinawa Japan where people have lived to
well over 100 all the time.
That’s the type of soy they’re consuming on
a regular basis. And so it is loaded with
probiotics. It’s non-GMO and it also is very
high in a vitamin called vitamin K2. And vitamin
K2 is even more beneficial in therapeutic
benefits than vitamin K1, which is found in
things like spinach and kale. But vitamin
K2 has been shown to help build strong bones.
It supports brain health. It supports naturally
healing your body.
So again, if it’s an organic fermented soy
product, it actually is terrific for your
health. But let me throw this out there again.
I said 95% earlier, the case in point is that
it’s probably 99% of the soy products we’re
consuming today are conventional.
They’re GMO. They’re toxic to your system.
For that reason, soy is bad for you. But if
you’re looking to improve your heart health,
your bone health and increase your life span,
consuming Natto, also known as vitamin K2,
on a regular basis or getting those nutrients
from Natto can actually be terrific for your
health.
So again, if you want to reap the benefits
of soy, go and find a fermented soy product
like Natto or search for a supplement that’s
vitamin K2, also known as MK7, can actually
be very, very beneficial for your health.
And listen, rather than soy, there’s a lot
of good products. I recommend, chia seeds
are a high plant based source of protein with
good omega-3 fats.
So again, years and years ago soy used to
be labeled a super food. A real super food
are things like chia and flax seeds. They
have the same amount of protein but high levels
of omega-3 fats as well. So again, I would
do those instead, a much, much better option.
Hey, I hope you’ve enjoyed this video on me
answering the question, “Is soy good for you?”
This has been me, Dr. Axe.
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