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Soybean protein lowers blood pressure

The use of soybean protein dietary supplements may help reduce high blood pressure.

Soybean protein lowers blood pressure

The use of soybean protein dietary supplements may help reduce high blood pressure. Studies have suggested that blood pressure drops as vegetable protein intake rises. However, only a few clinical trials have looked at this association and most have suffered from design issues, such as not enough subjects or not using blood pressure change as the main outcome measure. Researchers from the Tulane University in New Orleans assessed blood pressure changes in 302 adults who were randomly selected to take soybean or inactive carbohydrate supplements for 12 weeks. All of the subjects had slightly high blood pressures. Compared with subjects who received the carb supplements, soybean-supplemented subjects experienced a significant drop in blood pressure. The net change in blood pressure was most pronounced among subjects with blood pressures of at least 140/90. The results provide new evidence supporting dietary soybean protein supplementation to prevent and treat high blood pressure. However, further studies are needed before soybean supplements can be recommended to patients with high blood pressure.
Annals of Internal Medicine,
July 2005
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