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The soya plant is native to East Asia and was cultivated over 3,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest food plants in existence. Soya isoflavones have been enjoyed by many over the years, soya shows no signs of losing it popularity any time soon.
The soya plant produces soybeans, which are part of the legume family and can be made into products including soya milk, flour, tofu as well as a host of other vegan and vegetarian food stuffs.
Soybeans are now grown all over the world, including in the USA (which is the largest producer of them), as well as South America and even the UK, who have been growing their own soybeans since the late 1990s.
As well as being an important ingredient in many foods, soya also has benefits which are used to create popular natural supplements.
Soya itself is low in both saturated fat and calories.
Holland & Barrett’s wide range of dietary supplements includes our very own Soya Isoflavones with Vitamin B6 Capsules.
These high-quality soya isoflavone capsules contain isoflavones, including daidzin and genistin, amongst others as well as vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 helps to contribute to the regulation of hormonal activity.
Isoflavones are also known as phytoestrogens as they are similar in structure to the female hormone oestrogen.
They are a specific group of molecules, which together make up a phytochemical, which is a natural chemical found in plants.
Isoflavones can be found in legumes such as chickpeas as well as herbs like red clover.
Soya isoflavones refer to the isoflavones which are specifically found in soybeans. Whenever you eat soy, the bacteria that is in your intestines helps to break it down into its most active forms.