Thursday, December 20, 2007

Good News for Edamame-Lovers with Breathing Problems

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Those who suffer from asthma may want to try choking down oh-so-good-for-you-tofu and other soy products as much as possible from now on. New research suggests that soy products may help reduce asthma symptoms. According to a study conducted by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, isoflavones found in soy foods may reduce levels of leukotriene in the immune system, the substance responsible for producing inflammation — airway inflammation is a primary cause of asthma.Participants in the study showed a marked decrease in the level of leukotriene at the cellular level— 1/3 less —after only four weeks of eating foods rich in isoflavones. Also known as phytoestrogens, isoflavones are pretty much found only in soyfoods, so if you want to reap the benefits you better get used to silky soy milk, tofu, or the much more appetizing choices ( I think, anyway), of edamame or soy burgers.Research is currently being conducted on the benefits of soy in other areas of prevention as well, such as coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer. Likewise, soy also is known to lower cholesterol and is a rich source of protein.Many health food companies have jumped on the soy wagon, making it quite easy to find soy products in almost any grocery aisle, from produce and vegetarian products to meat substitutes, snacks (soy chips) and frozen desserts like soy ice cream bars. For more information about the nutritional benefits of soy, visit the SoyFoods Council Web site.

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