Soy Substances Help Fight Obesity

by Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
December 9, 2011

Besides being an excellent replacement for animal protein, soy has now been identified as a great aid for people who are trying to shed weight. Substances like isoflavone, say spanish scientists help to avoid the accumulation of liver fat. The latest study found that soy has properties anti obesity and that isoflavone acts with estrogen and other hormones in the human body to limit weight gain.

The spanish study was completed at the Center for Biomedical Research Network, Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) that belongs to the Foundation Imabis of Malaga, Spain. Experiments were conducted in rodents and the results were published in the December issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology.

But isoflavones contained in soy not only fight weight gain. The same spanish research determined that this compound also acts as an activator of  thermogenic brown fat while reducing fat in the liver. The breakthrough simply means that obese people may be treated with natural isoflavone derived from organic soy, instead of pharmaceuticals, in order to fight obesity.

The effectiveness of soy and its substance known as isoflavone for combating obesity is yet another example of how natural foods and substances not only help in the nutrition of us humans, but also reinforces the fact that those very same foods and substances are key in the treatment and prevention of disease. Substances contained in natural foods often act as antioxidants and have anticancer properties as well as protective properties of the bone and circulatory systems.

During the first test scientists observed how isoflavones acted positively in the prevention of weight gain as well as the decrease in weight in animals whose diets had been designed to make them gain considerable amounts of weight previous to the study. “Evidence of decreased weight gain, the activation of thermogenic brown adipose tissue, and reduced associated hepatic steatosis” said doctor Fernando Rodriguez de Fonseca, who heads CIBERobn, the organization that led the study.

Experiment subjects were divided into two groups. The first was fed mostly carbohydrates; the second was fed with a diet rich in fats. A total of 36 rats received the ‘treatment’ but were the ones previously fed with a fatty diet the ones that better responded to the action of isoflavone. The group of rats fed with a fat-based diet had developed diabetes and fat in the liver. After being treated with daidzen, a form of isoflavone, for 14 days the rats fed the fat diet began to show lower weight gain as well as a reduction of hepatic fat.

“This finding was associated with high levels of leptin (known as the hormone of thinness, which has among its functions to inhibit appetite) and low contents of adiponectin (whose circulating levels are inversely proportional to body mass index and body fat percentage, which also increases sensitivity to insulin).”

The experiments conducted in the spanish laboratory also found an enzyme whose role was key in the development of thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue after the rats were treated with daidzein.

The authors of the study now have a base to launch the human version of this study. Because rats and humans have a different metabolism, human experiments will have to be conducted with different amounts of isoflavone in order to obtain significant results. Scientists will also have to consider variables such as routes of administration, dosage, age, the person’s weight and lifestyle in order to turn the treatment into an effective tool to combat weight gain. As in many other experiments, failure to customize a treatment usually renders disappointing results.

Death, Sweet Death: The Dangers of Aspartame

Sovereign Independent

Aspartame is a sugar substitute frequently used in products like diet sodas. It has been linked to brain cancer, memory loss,

All artificial sweeteners contain aspartame, a genetically engineered form of bacterial waste.

impaired vision, hearing loss, joint pain, asthma and the list continues.

For 16 years, the FDA refused to approve this best-selling sweetener aspartame, until a powerful politician finally got it legalized after calling in a favor. A three-year study confirmed a link between aspartame and cancer, but the FDA (food and drug administration) officials approved the toxic sweetener against the advice of their own scientists.

On the 14th July 2005, the BBC reported on the new study entitled: Fresh doubts about the safety of an artificial sweetener have been raised by Italian scientists who have linked its use to leukemia in rodents.
Aspartame is marketed as ‘Nutra Sweet’, ‘Equal’ and ‘Spoonful’ so if the label says SUGAR FREE, leave well alone. In a presentation by the EPA (environmental protection authority) it was announced that in 2001, there was an increase of patients being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus and it was difficult to determine what toxins were causing this to be so rampant.

Toxicity of the methanol mimics multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus along with other conditions that resulted in many people being misdiagnosed. Apparently, the rise in the diagnosis of Lupus is almost as high as multiple sclerosis. Once patients were taken off their diet of soda, their symptoms dramatically decreased. The victim, not knowing that the aspartame is the cause of their ailments continued its use, thus irritating the lupus to such an extent that it becomes life threatening.

Also, in the case of misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis, once taken off the diet drinks, symptoms disappear and where there have been cases of vision and hearing loss, both improved dramatically. If you are suffering from symptoms of shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness fibromyalgia, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss, you may have aspartame poisoning. It is reversible, but you must stop with the diet pops and sodas and look out for aspartame on food labels as many products list the sweetener in their ingredients.

Diet drinks are not diet products, they are chemically altered, multiple sodium and aspartame containing products, that make you crave carbohydrates and is more likely to cause weight gain. It has been found that aspartame is particularly dangerous for diabetics, with physicians believing that they have patients with retinopathy, but had in fact symptoms, caused by aspartame which drives blood sugar out of control thus causing the diabetic to suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are ‘Neurotoxic’ when taken without other amino acids that are necessary to make a balance.

During observations of thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, it was documented that they had a complete change in their behaviors after the aspartame had been removed from their diets. Ritalin and other behavior modification prescription drugs were no longer needed. The foods that the children were being fed that were supposed to have been better for them than sugar, were in fact slowly poisoning them on a daily basis.

It has been said aspartame can cause birth defects such as mental retardation if taken at the time of conception and during the early stage of pregnancy. There have been numerous cases relating to children who have suffered grand mal seizures amongst other neurological disturbances due to the use of Nutra Sweet. Artificial sweeteners should never be given to children!

It is not easy to convince parents that aspartame is bad for their child and may be the reason for the child’s illness. Stevia is a sweet herb that helps in the metabolism of sugar and would be ideal for diabetics. It is not a manufacture additive and has now been approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement. For many years the FDA outlawed this naturally sweet food due to their loyalty to ‘Monsanto Chemical Company’.

Both Doctor Russell Blaylock and Doctor H. J. Roberts have posted details with case histories on the effects and use of the deadly poison aspartame on the internet. On March 2nd 2008, the Jerusalem Posts’ health page read, ‘Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Weight Gain’. This was based on research published by the American Psychological Association.

Apparently sweet foods provide a feeling to the body’s system that one is about to consume a lot of calories which in turn gears up the body’s digestive reflexes to deal with them, but when the sweetness is false as in diet drinks and not followed by an intake of calories, the system gets confused which interferes with the body’s ability to regulate the intake.

The former Secretary of Defense worked for a company called GD Searle Corporation (before getting involved in politics) that developed the sweetener aspartame and for years the company tried to get the stuff approved. But no one wanted to know. The FDA refused to approve it. Once he moved into politics, he appointed a new FDA commissioner and in 1981 the new commissioner approved aspartame despite the proven dangers and before we knew it, it was added to almost everything.

Aspartame can make you feel hungry and help you put on weight. It is a deadly neurotoxin hiding as a harmless additive. The year 2007 saw UK supermarket chains Sainsbury, M&S and Asda announce that aspartame would no longer appear in their own brand products. In April 2009 ‘Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe’ who also make aspartame filed a complaint of ‘malicious falsehood’ against Asda for their ‘No Nasties’ campaign. Asda won their legal case. South African retailer Woolworths announced it was removing aspartame from its own label foods in 2009 and in this year, 2010 the British Food Standards Agency launched its own investigation into aspartame amid the claims of side effects after consuming the substance.

The FDA recommends 50 milligrams of aspartame per kilo of body weight. “The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food concluded in 2002 that, while some minor effects on health may occur at very high doses, no effects are expected at normal levels of consumption.”