Vitamin E protective against liver disease
With the increase in the prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become one of the most important global public health issues of the twenty-first century. A statistical analysis of five clinical studies found that vitamin E significantly improved liver function and histologic changes in patients with liver disease. Soybean oil is a major source of vitamin E in the US diet.
Soy snack helps control appetite
In adolescents, consuming a soy protein-rich snack during the afternoon reduced appetite and delayed eating initiation in comparison to a high-fat snack or no snack. The soy snack also increased protein intake and improved some aspects of cognition and mood.
Soyfoods protective against prostate cancer development and spread
In a Chinese study involving 100 men who had prostate biopsies, higher blood levels of soy isoflavones were associated with a 70% reduction in risk of developing prostate cancer. Among men with prostate cancer, higher blood isoflavone levels were associated with a significantly reduced risk of metastasis.
The lower the cholesterol the better
Results of a large clinical trial involving over 18,000 participants show that the lower the cholesterol level the greater the reduction in risk of having a coronary event such as a heart attack. Therefore, even if one takes statins to lower cholesterol, the additional reduction in cholesterol by consuming soy protein will be of benefit. Plus, soyfoods provide benefits beyond lowering cholesterol.