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Sani Ibrahim
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,University
Agricultural economics and extension
100Level, Nigeria.
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There are various health benefits one can derive from
consuming Soya beans and the include:
1) Cancer fighting properties: Soyabean helps to fight against
breast cancer in women and prostrate cancer in men because
of the isoflavones – a phyto nutrient in soy which helps to
shrink Cancer cells. Soya beans is also effective against other
Cancer in various parts of the body.
2) Potassium: Soya beans is rich in the heart-friendly mineral
called potassium. A cup of Soya bean contains about 886
milligrams of potassium which is double of what is contained
in a medium-sized banana which is one-third of what the body
needs per day.
Potassium helps to keep the blood pressure in check and
prevent high blood pressure and excessive heart beat rate,
potassium helps the Kidneys filter wastes from the body and
enables the nerves to work properly.
3) Fibre: 10 grams of fibre is contained per cup of Soya beans
and fibre is important to the body especially the large intestine
as it stimulates bowel movements. Lack of bowel movements
leads to constipation, growth of harmful bacteria in the gut,
Colon Cancer and various Intestinal diseases
4) Bone strength: Soya beans contains a component called
isoflavones which increases bone mass and density. This is
mostly recommended for women who have entered
menopause because the isoflavones mimics the female
hormone , Estrogens which helps to strengthen bones.
5) Proteins: Soya beans is rich in Proteins and protein are
needed for repair of body tissues and old cells. Soya bean is a
good source of protein for vegetarians and being a plant food
excess fat is not available here.
6) Iron: A cup of Soya beans contains 9 milligrams of iron and
Men need 8 milligrams of iron per day while women needs 18
milligrams of iron daily. Iron is an element which forms
haemoglobin, a pigment that helps to circulate oxygen to body

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