So I was asked this question earlier today, can soy cause cancer?
Soy is something that is very debatable; whether it’s really good for you or not. Soy provides phytoestrogens, which can be good or bad. It’s good if you need to boost your estrogen levels and bad if you don’t.
Most women are deficient in progesterone and have high levels of estrogen. Our estrogen levels are on the high end of the spectrum because we are exposed to so many chemicals that are found in things like cosmetics, food, and cleaning supplies. Also, copper is found in grains, coffee, chocolate, and nuts which link to estrogen levels as well.
Estrogen dominance is when there is a hormonal imbalance where estrogen levels are too high and progesterone levels are too low. This is linked to PMS, miscarriage and some types of cancer.
The phytoestrogens in soy can create an unbalanced amount of estrogen in the body. (This is with a regular consumption of soy). An even worse case is if naturally you have an imbalance in estrogen and then you drink soy on top of that.
Studies have shown that 2 glasses of soy milk a day, over the course of one month, can change the timing of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Soybeans contain an anti-nutrient called “phytic acid”. All beans contain this but soybeans have higher levels than any other legume. Phytic acid may block the absorption of certain minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
Soybeans contain enzyme-inhibitors that block uptake of trypsin and other enzymes which the body needs for protein digestion. They contain hemagglutinin which is a clot-promoting substance and causes red blood cells to clump together resulting in an unability to properly absorb oxygen to distribute to the body’s tissues.
Soy does not cause cancer but it can promote its growth.