Soy Toxins Can Cause Major Problems

Many people think soy products and soymilk are healthy substitutes. Unfermented soy is bad for you. It is difficult for your body to digest. If you experience cramping, nausea, or unusual weight gain did you ever consider that it could be related to soy foods? Studies show that it can be contributing to serious health problems.

The difference between the Asian soy and the Western version is that it is fermented. The fermentation process destroys the toxins. The toxins in the soybean were meant to ward off insects to protect the soil. The acceptable forms of soy are Tempeh, miso, natto. Tofu in Asia comes from the pressed “curds” of the soybean and the toxins are removed. It’s not the same tofu that is consumed here in the states. The Western version of soy products is unhealthy soy and can cause health problems.

Some toxins found in soybeans are: Anti-nutrients that prevent your body from absorbing the minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc that can make you more prone to osteoporosis. Enzyme inhibitors make it harder for the body to absorb protein. And, isoflavones that include phytoestrogens, a plant based compound that mimics female hormones and disrupts hormonal balance. It is not limited to women. It can also lower testosterone levels in men. Especially for bodybuilders who incorporate protein drinks in their diets. The goitrogens found in soybeans can cause gout and thyroid problems. Could this be why you are having unusual weight gain?

Read food labels very carefully because most processed foods today have some form of soy. You have to know what to look for.

Eat more whole foods, including lots of leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

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  1. Dave Zuro Dave Zuro
    May 25, 2010    

    Have you ever heard of Reliv International? What do you think of their products?

  2. Ann Ann
    September 1, 2010    

    Are Reliv International products soy-free?

  3. September 1, 2010    

    Hi Dave, Reliv International has a product called Soysential. I'm assuming they do have soy in their products. I checked their site and they do not list ingredients. Anytime I see that, I stay away from it. Did you know they are an MLM company?

  4. September 14, 2010    

    Most wonderful people have attained his or her greatest success just one step further than their biggest failure

  5. Gina Marie Gina Marie
    September 14, 2010    

    Dianne,thank's so much for the time and education you put into this. As for Reliv, I took their products for 5yrs. and got great results but then my body started to reject them and I gained a lot of weight. Most of their products have soy in them. My husband and daughter have thyroid disease so we are not happy about having taken their products. We are now taking an Aloe Vera/Sea vegetable product and getting much better results. I have lost all my weight and more since getting off soy. Hope this is helpful.

  6. October 18, 2010    

    Reliv International is very savvy about getting complaints against it removed from websites by strong-arming, fear-tactics and ominous threats of lawsuits that complainants are liable for 'defamation of the Reliv brand' should anything be said that could be deemed negative or against the company, whether online or off.

    Allegedly many top level Reliv Ambassadors have been terminated or had their income yanked for posting complaints about the company online, so its not surprising why you won't easily find complaints against Reliv, they have a track record for going into arbitration to settle all legal battles, which is to say SETTLE OUT OF COURT, and therefore appears "squeaky clean" on the surface, but if you know where to look, you'll find Reliv International is anything BUT lawsuit-free.

    There are however, still plenty of complaints appearing on the web (perhaps too fast for Reliv to sweep them all up) and range from concerned distributors losing results, health discussions about soy and even some "negative testimonials" about Reliv International's products or the Reliv pyramid scheme.

    Many 3rd party reviews about Reliv fall under the inalienable rights and protections under "Freedom of Speech," and therefore more difficult for Reliv to get deleted or removed from web host servers via threat of litigation.

    You will find more than a few complains against Reliv here:

    The blog still appears to be up and running (for the time being anyway.) I suppose Reliv Watchdog is as good a starting point as any, if you're looking for honest reviews about Reliv International, Inc. or any of its toxic, Monsanto-soy products.

  7. Tom Tom
    August 10, 2011    

    I was born in China, spent more than 20 years in US, and came back in China again for more than a year now. I can assure you that most soy products in China are not fermented. Many people in US claim this but it’s simply false. When I was little, I was watching my parents making tofu at home. The process involves boiling of the soymilk to breakdown the poison. And, everyone here knows that soybean can not be eaten raw. You have to cook it to a temperture over 100C. I don’t know if the process in US is the same or different. I think you guys should visit China or a country in east Asia before claiming that soy products in Asia are fermented.

  8. Bob Hodges Bob Hodges
    December 13, 2012    

    Granola Gal, the way you phrase your accusations in the form of innuendo and intimation is truly wondrous to behold! Let's dissect your points, one at a time and see if they hold up to a thorough examination of the facts you seem oblivious to presenting in-Toto.
    Point #1: Please name the specific companies or individuals, not a "website" (by websites I can only logically assume you mean companies or individuals that own these websites; websites are not living entities that spring forth from some magical source) that have been strong-armed into removing their complaints against Reliv. I seem to have no trouble finding sites that are at least 5 years old or more that list complaints against Reliv products, and that seems to negate your first allegation. By the way, referring to the last sentence in your first paragraph, a website only exists "online", not "offline". And, as you should know, a "complainant", as you refer to in the first paragraph, is the initiator of a lawsuit, which, according to you, is Reliv. Therefore, they wouldn't, by definition, be liable; the defendant is the party being threatened with a lawsuit. Maybe you should replace "complainant" with "complaining party"??
    Point #2: In the second paragraph, you use that good old qualifier "Allegedly" to hide behind when the writer just can't prove the rest of his statement. Come on, man up and cite an instance, any instance, where a "top level Reliv distributor" has actually been stripped of his organization! Intimation is your weapon of choice, and that only goes to show me that you haven't got the proof, just the desire to make it reality where none exists. Name names, or go back into the smelly hole you crawled out of. The rest of you dibble in that paragraph of innuendos isn't worthy of any comment since you clearly can't provide any facts to support your accusations.
    Point #3: In your next paragraph, you contradict your statement in your first paragraph: "Reliv International is very savvy about getting complaints against it removed from websites" by saying: "There are however, still plenty of complaints appearing on the web…". You can't have it both ways. Is it possible that Reliv is refusing to give these trash-talkers any credibility by engaging in a dialogue with them? If people want facts, give them facts, not innuendo!
    Point #4: Reliv sells products. You might not like them or use them, but they are products that have government patents as unique combinations of ingredients that have been thoroughly researched by professional chemists and food scientists. Therefore, it is impossible for them to be a "pyramid scheme", as you claim in your third paragraph. Look up the decision in support of the lawsuit against Amway, I believe in 1973? A requirement for being considered a pyramid scheme is the lack of sales of products. Again, Reliv sells products, consumable products, like it or not. Reliv, as does Amway, sells products, like it or not!
    Point #5: The blog "RelivWatchdog is run by a former Reliv distributor who, by his own admission, was stripped of his distibutorship for not following Reliv policies and procedures! Need I say, this is hardly the place I would look for "honest", unbiased truths about Reliv's opportunities. No hidden agenda here, huh?
    Point #6: Reliv has no association of any kind with Monsanto. If you can prove me wrong, do it. Put your skills to the test and find any association between Reliv, any Reliv subsidiaries, or Reliv personnel, with Monsanto. And, this I believe to be the bottom line: You use hearsay, innuendo, intimation, and any others who do the same to defame a solid Fortune 500 company. My only question is: WHY?

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