A previous post reported the American Heart Association’s (AHA) position that soy as a dietary factor has unproven or uncertain effects on cardiovascular disease.

Now, a review of 42 well-designed clinical trials from 1982 through 2004 reports the following positive effects about soy.

  • Lowers total cholesterol
  • Lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol
  • Lowers triglycerides
  • Slightly raises HDL “good: cholesterol

These changes were statistically significant, and no other factors could have accounted for the favorable effects of soy.

It’s important because high cholesterol is a major modifiable risk factor for heart disease. Using soy protein in place of foods that are high in saturated fat, trans-saturated fat, and cholesterol may have a beneficial effect on coronary risk factors.

It will be interesting to see if the AHA changes its position on soy.

9/21/06 20:41 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.