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Soy Good for the Heart

February 1, 2008: 12:00 AM EST
Soy is high on the popularity list of approved ingredients for heart health. The Food and Drug Administration says 25g of soy protein daily is needed to lower cholesterol. Other mainstream ingredients approved by the FDA are: omega-3 fatty acids, which have a rosy market outlook because new micro-encapsulation technologies are making it easier to incorporate fish oils into diets; coenzyme Q10, now available in forms other than supplements; whole grains, which can reduce risk of heart failure by 28 percent; niacin, which can reduce the risk of heart problems; magnesium; sterols; vitamin E, although there is controversy following conflicting studies; grape-seed extract and oligomeric proantho-cyanidins; and Vitamin K2, made by bacteria in the gut and found in natto, a Japanese fermented soy product. Blending all these ingredients into one product may not work as each has specific effects when taken in the right dosages and under the right conditions.
Chris O'Brien, "Top Ingredients for Heart Health", Functional Ingredients, February 01, 2008, © Penton Media, Inc.
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