Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in western countries. This condition, which usually affects older adults, causes damage to the retina resulting in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). Macular degeneration makes it difficult (or sometimes impossible) to read, and also to recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life….
As I write this the weather is just starting to change…the summer flew by!
This is the time of the year I start thinking soups, stews, slow cooker meals and warm cozy meals.
Black soybeans are perfect to add into whatever you are making. They add lots of protein (11 grams/1/2 cup and fiber (7 grams/ ½ cup). And black soybeans are so convenient to have on hand in your pantry.
I found this great article in Health magazine, April 2011 talking about the 6 Surprising Superfoods. It included black soybeans. “Black foods have more antioxidants than light –colored foods because of their high pigment content” says Cy Lee, PhD, a professor of food chemistry at Cornell University. One study in Korea suggests black soybeans may help reduce the risk of thrombosis says the article. And of course we know soy protein may reduce the risk of heart disease.
So when you are starting to think fall foods, don’t forget the black soybeans. They are usually canned so take a look in your supermarkets so buy several cans to have on hand for the next meal you serve.
From My Kitchen to Yours,
Soy has a tremendous antioxidant property that reduces oxidative damage which is damage due to oxygen such as that caused by free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that attack molecules by capturing electrons and thus modifying chemical structures.
When combined with complimenting ingredients such as shea butter, soy based products provide the skin with an astonishing moisturization. Soy proteins are rich in amino acids, vitamin E which aids in maintaining skin elasticity and can help lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.
It is an incredible source of important nutrients providing the necessary ingredients to build protein in the body and is also rich in isoflavones which diminishes dryness, smoothes texture, improves radiance and firming. The soy’s role in skin is to stimulate, stabilize and influence production of collagen and elasticity.
Weather issues are always a concern, so it is great to know that soy is also a great barrier protector against those harsh elements. Soy lipids help to regenerate damaged tissue and promote quick regeneration of the skin cells. Soy also contains nutrients such as lecithin that are beneficial in repairing the skin, renew collagen production making skin soft and flexible.
Keep it Soy Real!