Soy Protein More Effective than Animal Protein in Preventing Heart Disease in Animal Model
The key is to start
eating soy products before menopause
Scientists have known for years that women
are protected from cardiovascular disease before menopause, but their risk
increases significantly after menopause. Although estrogen is thought to
be the protective factor, post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy remains
controversial due to the side effects.
an effort to find a safer and more effective therapeutic option, scientists at
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center conducted an animal study to determine
whether a high soy protein diet reduced the risk of coronary artery
atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries, after menopause. The
study is published in the current online edition of the journal Menopause.
started before menopause, we found that soy significantly prevents
atherosclerosis, one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease,” said
Giselle Meléndez, M.D., an instructor of cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist and
lead author of the study.
diets contain isoflavones, estrogen-like compounds that have been
postulated to be cardioprotective. Their molecular structure resembles
that of estrogen and may act through the same receptors in the body. The
key here is beginning soy supplementation (about 25 g per day) before menopause
and substitute the consumption of proteins derived from animal sources with
the entire news release issued by Menopause.7/31/2014http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2014/Soy_Protein_More_Effective_than_Animal_Protein_in_Preventing_Heart_Disease_in_Animal_Model.htm
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