Review: Marinex OsteoSoy
Like 90% of Asians, I’m lactose intolerant. And after my recent disappointing experience with SILK: Pure Almond Milk, I was not sure how I was going to react to another dairy-free milk alternative.
With age and the constant nag of osteoporosis on my mind, I suited myself up for one more try – MarinEx’s OsteoSoy.
Made from 100% premium de-skinned organic soybeans, milk calcium and marine collagen, this milk alternative is suitable for people suffering from gout (soy without skin is less purine) and lactose intolerance.
After my first wary gulp, I was surprised to find OsteoSoy very drinkable.
It fits somewhere in the middle of drinking cow’s milk and packet soybean milk. Very smooth. Not as creamy and thick as cow’s milk, and not syrup-sweet like packet soybean milk from the market. I could taste the natural sweetness of the extracted soya beans. It reminded me of when my mom once attempted to make home-made soybean milk. A very similar flavour.
Why organic soy bean extract?
Organic soy beans grown in soil without fertilizer and pesticides are not genetically modified. This maintains their natural isoflavones at an optimal level, which in turn, helps to preserve bone structure and fight osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that soy isoflavones can assist in the process of new bone creation, and increase bone mass! Packed with super potent anti-oxidants properties, soy isoflavones can also reduce long-term risk of cancer by preventing free radical damage to cellular DNA.
Why milk calcium?
Calcium is the highest concentrated mineral in our bodies, playing an important role in building strong teeth and bones. It is inevitable that we need calcium in our daily in-take to maintain our structural and functional human bodies. The recommended daily calcium intake for adults aged 19 to 50 years old is 1000mg. With OsteoSoy, you just need two sachets a day to meet these requirements.
|This is 418mg of Calcium per sachet. You need 2 sachets to meet the daily recommended intake of Calcium.|
Why marine collagen?
Collagen is a major structural protein of the skin, making up 75% of skin tissue. The main purpose of collagen is to connect and and support tissues in the body. In other words, to protect cartilage and synovial fluid (joint lubricant) from degeneration.
There are three ways to get collagen: plant, marine and animal. Marine collagen is extracted from fish, said to be the easiest for human body adsorption. This type of collagen has less environmental contaminants than collagen taken from cattle or pig; and less exposed to chemical contaminants than collagen taken from botanical plants.
Like many components of the human body, collagen is constantly engaged in the process of production, breakdown and recycle. As we age, this natural process slows down – making it essential to replenish our collagen in-take to prevent long-term joint pain and the potential development of osteoporosis.
A vegetarian alternative.
OsteoSoy also comes in a vegetarian variety with plant-dervied collagen. It substitutes the original marine collagen with Spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that springs from fresh water. It has powerful immune-boosting properties that help to regulate cholesterol and fight free radicals. With over 100 nutrients, Spirulina is often described as the most complete food source in the world.
You will notice that the original OsteoSoy has an creamy off-white colour, whereas OsteoSoy with Spirulina is mixed with Spirulina powder; hence the powder is a speckled creamy green colour.
|Left: OsteoSoy (with Collagen), Right: OsteoSoy (with Spirulina)|
This vegetarian OsteoSoy tasted like soybean milk blended with what-taste-similar-to wheatgrass. The texture is a little lumpier than the original Osteosoy, and the colour remains speckled green from the Spirulina. You need to stir this a little longer to dissolve the powder evenly. If you like a veggie twist to your soy milk, this is drinkable choice.
Personally, I prefer the original OsteoSoy with marine collagen.
TIP: OsteoSoy is a 100% natural, preservative-free product. So, do not add hot boiling water to your powdered sachet because doing so will destroy its nutrients. Instead, add lukewarm water. Or, you can mix half warm and half chilled water.
This is a seriously under-rated milk alternative beverage – not as visibly marketed as popular milk brands like Meiji and NutriSoy. OsteoSoy carries a string of awards: a Healthier Choice product (lower in sugar, higher in calcium), certified Halal, quality certified, labeled 100% organic and suitable for vegetarians (OsteoSoy with Spirulina)
It is so good – I made a mental note to share this with my 86 year old grandma. And now, it is a must-have beverage after my husband’s 10km run.
Retail price: S$8.90 per package of 12 sachets.
OsteoSoy sachets comes in two packaging: box and pouch packing. Available online and at all NTUC Fairprice outlets.
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