Soy Consumption and Breast Health

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Bionutraceutical Company Focuses on Health Benefits of Fermented Soy.

Soy Foods - Shown to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

In order to reap the nutritional and anti-cancer benefits of soy, it must be fermented. The culturing of soy destroys the anti-nutrients in soy that prevent the body from absorbing essential minerals and trace elements.

Soy foods, which contain isoflavones and antioxidant compounds, have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study in Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study, the largest to examine soy intake’s impact on breast-cancer survival, followed more than 5,000 breast-cancer survivors. 4-year mortality rates were 10.3% and 7.4%, and the 4-year recurrence rates were 11.2% and 8.0%, respectively, for women in the lowest and highest quartiles of soy protein intake. The inverse association was evident among women with either estrogen receptor-positive or -negative breast cancer and was present in both users and nonusers of tamoxifen. Among women with breast cancer, soy food consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and recurrence. The study was done by researchers from the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee and Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine, Shanghai, China

Essence of Life, LLC™, a bionutraceutical company based in Mount Kisco, N.Y., has been at the forefront of the movement to promote fermented soy’s health benefits. The company has developed innovative products based on fermented soy and natural spices including curcumin, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. According to co-founder and CEO Dr. Vijaya Nair, “In order to reap the nutritional and anti-cancer benefits of soy, it must be fermented. The culturing of soy destroys the anti-nutrients in soy that prevent the body from absorbing essential minerals and trace elements.”

The company’s line of Jiva™ natural nutritional supplements includes a Fermented Soy Nutritional Beverage that is a unique combination of fermented soy, curcumin and bioperine. This unique phytonutrient formulation has powerful antioxidant properties and includes specific standardized ingredients that interact synergistically to maintain optimal health for both women and men. “Today’s research has shown that the underlying cause of arthritis, heart disease and cancer is chronic low-grade levels of inflammation in the body,” Nair said. “It turns out that the combination of fermented soy and curcumin is more powerful than either ingredient alone. By combining them we can help prevent and reverse inflammation and its associated health risks.”

Nair’s background includes training in both Eastern and Western medical traditions, including a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She developed Essence of Life’s line of supplements after conducting extensive clinical research on alternative therapies from Eastern medicinal approaches such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine at Columbia University’s School of Public health. “It is gratifying to see that the latest research confirms the efficacy of these safe and natural preventative therapies,” Nair said.

For more information about the benefits of curcumin, visit Jiva Supplements.

About Dr. Vijaya Nair and Essence of Life
Dr. Vijaya Nair is the CEO and co-founder of Essence of Life, LLC™, a bionutraceutical company based in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Dr. Nair earned her medical degree from the National University of Singapore, completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and received a master’s degree in epidemiology from Columbia University, where she lectured and conducted research at the School of Public Health. An international teacher and lecturer, she recently was a featured speaker at the Cancer Control Society’s 37th Annual Cancer Convention in Universal City, Calif. She is the author of Prevent Cancer, Strokes, Heart Attacks and other Deadly Killers! (Sheffield, MA; Safe Goods Publishing, 2009) and co-host of the online radio program, “Kiss Your Life Hello,” on the Health & Wellness station of VoiceAmerica.com.

Essence of Life produces the Jiva™ line of nutritional supplements, including Fermented Soy and Curcumin Nutritional Beverage and Curcumin & Fermented Soy Plus, Lutein Plus, Ginger Plus, Ashwagandha Plus, Green Tea Plus capsules and Resveratrol Plus capsules. For more information, visit Jiva Supplements.

Editor’s note: Photos, video and product samples available on request. Dr. Nair is also available for broadcast or print interviews. Please contact Ashley Rio at 518-966-5600 x108 or Ashley(at)kathoderay(dot)com.

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