(Science Daily) Soybeans soaking in warm water could become a new "green" source for production of a cancer-fighting substance now manufactured in a complicated and time-consuming industrial process, scientists are reporting…
[T]he current method of extracting [Bowman-Birk Protease Inhibitor (BBI)] from soybeans is time-consuming and involves harsh chemicals. The scientists set out to see if there might be a greener and more environmentally friendly way of obtaining BBI.
They found that soybean seeds incubated in water at 122 degrees Fahrenheit naturally release large amounts of BBI that can easily be harvested from the water. The protein appeared to be active, with tests showing that it stopped breast cancer cells from dividing in a laboratory dish.
Community: The article doesn’t say how long the seeds need to be incubated. I put soybeans (edamame) on my daily salad. Now, I’ll include more water when I defrost them, let them soak a while, and drink the water.
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