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Soy protein exploring health benefi ts

LINDSAY F. SCHALLES, KRISTEN S. MONTGOMERY
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Nursing, 412A College of Health & Human Services, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28228, USA

Abstract

The controversy over the health benefi ts of soy protein remains. This short review presents an overview of the
research that is available. Soy protein has health benefi ts that include prevention of cancer and the strengthening of bone
health while preventing osteoporosis. Through cardiovascular health, soy protein can help maintain blood pressure at healthy
levels, prevent thrombosis formation in dialysis patients, and lower cholesterol. Soy protein can also help regulate the amount
of insulin secreted by the pancreas to maintain healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. The general public and
healthcare providers need to be aware of the positive effects of soy protein on an individual’s overall health.