> Health: the soy helps the woman

A small daily supplement of soy is conducive to the health of post-menopausal women who suffer from high blood pressure and are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

says a group of researchers in Boston studied 60 women in menopause, 12 of which hypertension (blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg). All women were followed first by a healthy diet, già  recommended in the context of a previous national programme estimate, for eight weeks and then the same diet, by replacing a part of the proteins with bean sprouts, toasted for the other eight.

at The end of the experiment, compared the effects of two diets, it was noticed that the diet with a supplement of soya, had contributed to a significant decrease in blood pressure in 12 women with hypertension and in 40 of those with hypertension. In addition, the values of serum cholesterol, total and fractionated tended to subside.

Therefore, at least in this population, the advantage of the intake of a small daily supplement of soy (equal to about 25 g of soy protein and 110 mg of isoflavones) has been remarkable.
Chissà  if a similar modification to the dietary prescriptions is also possible for the Italian women? In general, in fact, the italians don’t seem to like the soy in all of its possible transformations.

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1060-1067

Page published on 08 June 2007

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