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From 14 April 2006 Issue

NOTMILK - Cancer-Fighting Plant Chemicals

Fifteen Categories of Cancer-Fighting Plant Chemicals

In 1991, University of Minnesota Researchers categorized
fifteen classes of phytochemicals in fruits and veggies
that have been identified as cancer-fighting agents.

Typically, each single fruits or vegetable contains one
or two of these "magic" substances, but researchers have
identified one of natures food's which contains an
astounding eleven out of fifteen! Got Soy?

To be negative about soy is to criticize everything good
about the wide range benefits derived from the plant
kingdom. The perfect food is the unfairly-criticized soy.
What's next on the nitpicking nitwit critic list, water?

The fifteen categories:

Allium (includes onions, garlic, leeks, chives)
Coumarin (SOY, vegetables and citrus fruits)
Dithiolthiones (SOY, broccoli, cauliflower)
Flavinoids (SOY, most fruits and veggies)
Glucosinolates (SOY, cruciferous vegetables)
Glyceritinic acid (anise and licorice)
Inositol (SOY, oats, wheat, rye)
Isoflavones (SOY)
Isothiocyanates (Cruciferous veggies)
Lignans (SOY and flax seeds)
Limonene (citrus fruit)
Phenols (SOY and most fruits and veggies)
Plant Sterols (SOY and most veggies)
Protease Inhibitors (SOY, seeds, nuts, legumes)
Saponins (SOY, various fruits and veggies)

Mark and Virginia Messina write:

"Scientists at the National Cancer Institute started
to screen plant extracts for anticancer activity on a
systematic basis beginning around 1960. Between 1960
and 1974, they screened roughly 5,000 plant extracts
each year, and today they continue to hunt for cancer-
fighting plants...We consider phytochemicals to be the
vitamins of the twenty-first century, and we feel that
they are what will distinguish the Second Golden Age
of Nutrition."

(The Simple Soybean and Your Health (Avery Press, 1994,
Steinmetz KA, et. al., Vegetables, Fruit, and Cancer.
Journal of Cancer, Causes and Control, 2:427-442, 1991)

In addition to the phytochemicals and isoflavones,
fifty percent of the oil in soy is that essential fat
called linoleic acid. Eight percent is linolenic
acid, more popularly known as Omega 3, which is often
artificially added to cow's feed. Why not get your
essential fats directly from the source? For a near-
perfect food, eat soy!

Whether you believe in Creationism or Evolution, you
most certainly agree (unless you are one of PETA's
founders) that human animals sit atop the scale of
most advanced creatures living on this planet. That
includes our brains with cerebral cortex, circulatory
systems with four chambered hearts, and digestive
systems with stomach pH of 1.8, more than enough
to digest the foods were designed to consume.

Other mammals are unable to digest and receive benefit
from many of those wonderful phytochemicals. The
laboratory rat is one example. Studies criticizing
broccoli or soy or tomatoes do not reveal what unethical
scientists already know. Rats lack gall bladders. Rats
also lack human digestive enzymes. The rat should not
be a model for human nutrition. Neither should cats,
dogs, or chimpanzees. The bottom line is that if broccoli
is good, so too would other vegetables containing
good broccoli-like substances. All of those magic
chemicals together, and you've got the soybean.

Are you still paying attention to the anti-soy hype?
Your best daily multiple vitamin pill is the soybean.

Robert Cohen

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