Once someone told me about soybean’s side effects on a man’s testosterone levels and its feminizing effect on men. Jeez! What? Seriously? But at that time, it really shocked and worried me.
I have always been a health-conscious person all my life. Although my family comes from a small town I always researched and learn about new health-related foods and diets on my own. Since I am a vegetarian, I eat soy and drink soy milk on a daily basis for protein.
When I heard all the rumors about the soybean side effects, I immediately contacted a good food nutritionist and did some research on how soy milk can be a part of a male diet without any worry.
What happened when I drank Soy Milk for 6 months?
Now, this is going to interest you- For 6 months I ate a well-balanced diet, and daily, normal amounts of soy milk with good exercise routines. The results were fantastic.
There was absolutely no issue with my testosterone levels, and they were very normal. I and my wife also had been family planning and she delivered a wonderful healthy baby last month. So yes! All the myths surrounding soybeans side effects on a man’s testosterone levels and its feminizing effect on men are false. Do not worry!!!
SHBG and FAI indexes
There is something called as SHBG and FAI indexes. These indexes are used to measure free testosterone levels in a male body.
FAI means free androgen index that calculates the ratio of total testosterone. SHBG means sex hormone-binding globulin that indicates the estimated free testosterone in a male body. Many universities have conducted scientific studies on these indexes after consumption of soybean. However, no studies show any effect of soy protein on free testosterone, FAI, or SHBG indexes of any of the men.
So, what exactly happens?
People have also put serious allegations on soybean regarding the feminizing effect on men. Online misguiding articles say that men would develop man boobs on the consumption of estrogens present in Soy.
Soybean has phytoestrogens. These estrogens come from plants.
However, there is a big difference between body estrogen and estrogen that comes from plants. The high levels of estrogen that soybean adds to our body do not work in the same way as our normal female hormone estrogen.
The body eliminates the plant-based estrogen in the form of urine with no change to any man’s bodily functions. Hence, regular, and balanced consumption of soy milk or soy protein has no side effect in the quality of sperm, semen, or testosterone levels of men.
So please all you men out there do not believe in these fake articles regarding soybean’s side effects. Do not worry by reading wrong misguided blogs that say that soybean has feminizing effects on men and do a thorough research before blindly believing wrong facts.