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New Research on Cholesterol-Lowering Benefits of Soy

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that most people should be able to improve their overall cholesterol panel by adding more soy to their diet.

This study contradicts previous research, which suggested that only certain people could lower their cholesterol levels by eating soy. The individuals that researchers previously believed could benefit from soy naturally convert it into a chemical called equol, which was thought to be responsible for the cholesterol-lowering benefits.

The new study found that soy reduces serum LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) equally in eqoul produces and non-producers. For equol producers, however, soy has the added benefit of maintaining higher levels of HDL (or “good” cholesterol). Higher levels of HDL are associated with a reduced risk of heart attack and heart disease.

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