I hope i don't get flamed for this, but I occasionally hear about the benefits of increased estrogen levels, and of soy protein. We all know that soy increases estorgen levels, so it would seem that soy protein is beneficial.
I know a lot of people avoid soy like the plague, but is it really that bad?
While reading "Anabolic Primer" (MuscleMag International, 1998), It occasionally mentions estrogen's effects on testosterone receptors...
"In small amounts estrogen may increase the number of testosterone receptors, and hence boost the effects of circulating testosterone"
"Estrogen has the remarkable property of inducing the production of testosterone receptors"
"Sports Supplements" (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001) discusses the benefits of soy protein...
"Studies on nitrogen balance in man indicare that isolated soy is comparable to that of animal proteins"
"...subjects who were fed soy protein isolate showed an increase in plasma antioxidants..."
"Soy also contains high amounts of glutamine and arginine"
"well-processed soy protein isolates and soy-protein concentrates are essentially equivalent to those of animal proteins"
Not saying we should all load up on soy protein sources, but wouldn't including sources of soy in the diet be beneficial? I would love to hear some detailed responses, as I know a lot of you have degrees in related fields of study.
I did not include which studies the author's used to support their arguments, though if wanted I can supply this info (didn't feel like typing all that out).