Iodine is a mineral which forms an essential part of the thyroid hormones. It is also vital for infants and children to develop nerve and brain function.
Iron is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. Food sources are of animal origin (heme-iron) such as red meats or plant origin (non-heme) such as green leafy vegetables.
Drinking a beverage rich in vitamin C with a meal can help with uptake of iron in the blood. This is especially important for people that may have low iron stores. Fruit juices, such as Berri, Australian Fresh, Super Juice and Daily Juice, are all a rich source of vitamin C.
Flavonols, flavones and isoflavones are all types of Flavonoids. Flavonoids act as antioxidants in the body.
Isoflavones are phytoestrogens (or plant-oestrogens). They have a similar structure to human oestrogen and can therefore ‘mimic’ the action of oestrogen, but with a weaker effect. Isoflavones can also act as an antioxidant in the body, and help support the body’s defences.
Isoflavones occur naturally in plant foods and legumes, particularly soybeans. The level of isoflavones varies with the soybean variety, crop year, growing temperature and location.
Twelve isoflavones have been isolated from the soybean, but the main three are:
There is continuing research to fully understand the potential benefits of soy and isoflavones. These areas of research include heart health, bone health and women’s wellbeing. For more information about the benefits of soy isoflavones visit Vitasoy.