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Looking for a good source of soy protein? This article sums up the most important things to know about soy isolates, and how to make the best choice. You'll learn what to avoid, what to look for, and the secret ingredient to unlocking soy's benefits to health.

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Whole Soy: What's Missing in Soy Isolates?

The secret ingredients in soy are its phytonutrients. This magical-sounding term simply means "nutrients from plants".

Researchers stumbled upon phytonutrients when it became clear that societies with a great number of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in their daily diet lived longer and suffered less from chronic disease.

In Okinawa, Japan, the typical daily diet is approximately 12% soy. Population studies on the people of Okinawa, Japan have found that Okinawans are among the healthiest people in the world, with lower rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Soy's Secret Ingredients

What is the secret ingredient in soy that brings longevity and resistance to disease? Scientists are only beginning to unlock the answer, and the evidence appears to show that it is not one ingredient that holds the key, but a synergistic effect that occurs only when a complete, whole source of soy is present in the diet.

Current research suggests that the benefits to be found in isoflavones, for example, may only be found in traditional, whole soy with a complete body of phytonutrients intact.

So the secret ingredients in soy are not one, but all of the following components, working together:

  • Protein: Protein compounds are the building blocks of the human body. We need protein to build muscles, internal organs, and brain, as well as create and maintain the cells that make up our immune system and regulate our body's processes.
  • Amino Acids: The body requires 22 amino acids to rebuild, heal, and support the immune system. Eight of these are known as "essential amino acids", because these 8 cannot be made by the body and must be supplied in the diet. When a food has all 8 amino acids, it's known as a complete protein. The reason soy stands out is because it is the only vegetable protein that contains all 8 essential amino acids. It's equivalent to animal protein in quality and, because it's a vegetable, it's low in unhealthy fats.
  • Isoflavones: Several studies attribute soy's health benefits to isoflavones, a phytonutrient or "super-nutrient" found only in plants. These anti-carcinogenic compounds include genistein, genistin, daidzen and glycitein.
  • Saponins: Less well-known are the benefits of saponins, which stimulate immune system function, act as antioxidants, and have been studied for their cholesterol-lowering abilities.
  • Phytosterols: Phytosterols are plant-derived compounds that appear to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol and improve heart health.
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect cells from oxidation damage, protect DNA, lessen the effects of aging, and may help reduce the risk of cancer.

All Soy Is Not the Same

Although you can get all of these nutrients from soy, a great majority of soy products on the market don't actually contain them at all. Why?

Most soy isolate products, like soy protein shakes and soy isoflavone capsules, have been stripped of soy's most important synergistic ingredients during processing.

That means that you can't simply choose a source of soy that's high in protein or isoflavones – you need to choose a source of complete, whole soy.

In fact, it's important to locate a source of soy that has all of the following characteristics:

  • Beneficial Processing – to be sure that you're getting soy's secret ingredients: a complete body of synergistic phytonutrients, as nature intended
  • High Digestibility – so you'll know your body can properly absorb soy's beneficial nutrients
  • Non-GMO Soy – to avoid pesticide residues found in most soy products on the market

Why Not Soy Isolates?

Soy protein isolates are not a source of whole, bioactive soy. That's why they're so inexpensive. The bulk of the beneficial and synergistic body of soy phytonutrients have been removed and either destroyed or used for other, more-expensive products. And as the saying goes, "You get what you pay for..."

Heavy Processing

Soy isolates are a byproduct of soy oil manufacture. The reason researchers believe that soy isolates such as soy protein shakes, textured vegetable protein (TVP) and textured soy protein (TSP) do not bring the same benefits as whole soy relates to the processing of the beans. To save money, processing methods employ strong alkaline soaks in chemicals such as hydrochloric and sulfuric acid, or strong solvents and hexane gas.

The term "soy isolates" is used to describe the result – soy that has essentially been "isolated" from its body of nutrients, including phytosterols, oligosaccharides, and other beneficial micronutrients.

In addition, most soy isolates drastically reduce isoflavone content, through a process known as alcohol washing. So with soy isolates, the only thing you're sure of getting is protein!

Why use an inert version of soy that's been robbed of its bioactive constituents?

In much the same way that whole wheat bread is superior to white bread, whole soy nutrients perform better together.

How Can I Get The Recommended 25 g Daily? The Haelan Answer

Given the remarkable properties of soy's whole body of nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, it's important to choose a source of soy that is complete and processed safely, without dangerous levels of pesticide and chemical residues.

If so many soy products on the market are derived from heavily-processed soy isolates, how can you find a whole, bioactive source of soy?

There's one product that fits the bill – Haelan 951, a Non-GMO fermented soy beverage with a complete body of natural soy phytonutrients and 2-1/2 times the isoflavones of a typical capsule in only 2 Tablespoons.*

Synergistic Effect in Haelan 951

When combined as they are in nature, the bioactive compounds in whole soy produce a synergistic effect that is far more powerful than isolated soy compounds alone.

Haelan 951 includes a complete body of whole soy phytonutrients studied by the National Cancer Institute and the American Institute for Cancer Research for their promise in reducing the risk of cancer, including:

  • Isoflavones
  • Saponins
  • Phytosterols
  • Bowman Birk Inhibitor (BBI) compounds

In addition, Haelan 951 is specially fermented to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients, providing maximum nutritional efficiency.

The natural bioactive constituents of soy are preserved, while the body's ability to digest and utilize the protein and amino acids are enhanced.

Through a patented low-heat fermentation process, similar to that used by traditional cultures for centuries, Haelan 951 Non-GMO soybeans regulate the levels of phytonutrients to an ideal level.

Isoflavone Content in Haelan 951

In a 2000 study by researchers at Iowa State University, isoflavone content of Haelan 951 was found to be 14x superior to that found in competing brands.

And when compared to a single glass of soymilk, Haelan 951 has 8 times the total isoflavone content:

  • 26.3 mg total isoflavones per fluid ounce
  • 210.4 mg total isoflavones per bottle

Protein Content in Haelan 951

A single bottle of Haelan 951 has over 2,600 mg of amino acids, readily available for the body's use.

This is an important fact to consider when you realize that the body actually does not use protein – it only uses amino acids. Through its unique fermentation process, Haelan 951, in contrast to other protein sources, has "pre-digested" a large amount of its protein, making it instantly ready for use.

Since you can't actually use protein at all unless it is successfully digested and broken down into amino acids by your digestive system, Haelan 951's high amino acid content ensures high bioavailability. Your body doesn't need to expend energy to break these nutrients down and they won't go wasted.

What Makes Haelan 951 So Special?

Haelan 951 presents a superior form of highly bioavailable soy isoflavones, amino acids and vital phytochemicals in the form most recommended by medical professionals: fermented soy. Fermentation greatly increases the bioavailability of not just its soy protein and amino acid content but the content of all its nutrients.

Haelan 951 super-nutritious fermented soy beverage has:

  • Premium synergistic whole soy, not heavily-processed isolates

  • Simple-state isoflavones and amino acids for enhanced bioavailability

  • Only Non-GMO soy selected and harvested for highest nutrient content

  • 26 mg total isoflavones in only 2 Tablespoons

  • Maximum nutritional efficiency

Soybeans are selected by geographical growth area as well as by species to produce the highest nutritional values, and hand-picked at the most favorable stage of growth, ensuring unparalleled levels of nutrition.

Unique harvesting ensures maximum concentrations of healthy soy isoflavone content, and patented low-heat fermentation processes preserve the body of natural phytonutrients found in soy.

Don't wait to try Haelan 951! Start experiencing the real benefits of soy.

What's Next?

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Lab Results

Genistin, Diadzein and Glycitin content of Haelan 951. See the results of the Iowa State University tests and learn why Haelan 951's patented low heat fermentation makes a difference.
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Resources:

"Soy Protein and Cardiovascular Disease," American Heart Association.
"Association of Dietary Intake of Soy, Beans, and Isoflavones With Risk of Cerebral and Myocardial Infarctions in Japanese Populations," American Heart Association.
"Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention," American Cancer Society.
"The Role of Soy Products in Reducing Risk of Cancer" National Cancer Institute.
"Foods That Fight Cancer"American Institute for Cancer Research.
"Response to Misleading Article About Soy" and "What About Soy?", FoodRevolution.org by John Robbins, noted health expert.
"Soybean constituents and their functional benefits," Natural Products in Medicinal Chemistry.
Database on Isoflavone Content of Selected Foods, USDA.
 
* Compared to leading brands.