Soybean

Glycine max

The soybean (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. The plant is classed as an oilseed. Soybean meal is a significant and cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many packaged meals; soy vegetable oil is another product of processing the soybean crop. Soybeans produce significantly more protein per acre than most other uses of land.  The oil is used in many industrial applications. Soy varies in growth and habit. The height of the plant varies from less than 0.2 to 2.0 m. The pods, stems, and leaves are covered with fine brown or gray hairs. The leaves are trifoliate, having three to four leaflets per leaf, and the leaflets are 6–15 cm long and 2–7 cm broad. The leaves fall before the seeds are mature. The inconspicuous, self-fertile flowers are borne in the axil of the leaf and are white, pink or purple. The fruit is a hairy pod that grows in clusters of three to five; each pod is 3–8 cm long and usually contains two to four (rarely more) seeds 5–11 mm in diameter. Soybeans have been adapted across a wide area of Australia from the northern Queensland to the Darling Downs and inland river valleys south to the NSW coastal hinterland and coastal sugar belt to the inland cropping regions of southern NSW and Victoria. They are also grown in the northern irrigation areas of Western Australia.

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Nourishing moisturiser for all skin types, Soy Bean oil is a valuable source of fatty acids, rich in lecithin, amino acids and vitamins A, B complex, C and E and is gently and easily absorbed into the skin. Soybean oil is bursting with specific anti-oxidants that help in maintaining skin health and helping it glow.

As a food product and in cooking, Soy Bean oil can help manage your heart health, lower your cholesterol, improve your immune system, reduce cognitive disorders due to its high levels of vitamin K which acts as an antioxidant against free radicals, keeping them from damaging the neural cells. It helps to prevent osteoporosis, and improves growth, which also boosting eye and skin health. Soybean oil is considered healthier than most other vegetable oils due to its good variety of essential fatty acids that the body needs to remain healthy.

Soy Bean oil is rich in vitamins A, B and E, all independently recognised for a range of skincare benefits, as such it is popularly used in soaps, hair and skincare preparations and anti-ageing products. Can be used as a massage oil base with or without essential oils and can also be used as a gentle and effective cleanser and make-up remover and is also used in candles. Also a highly nutritious and versatile food used in many products.