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Soy 'could help in heart health for women'

A diet rich in soy - such as those typically seen in Asia - could have considerable heart health benefits for women, new research has shown.

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, compared cholesterol levels in monkeys that had been fed typically Asian and Western diets throughout their lives and found post-menopause, those primates with the soy-based diet had considerable better heart health.

While this study was based on animal research, the investigators believe the results could translate positively into humans. Overall, heart disease remains one of the biggest killers in the UK today and therefore any research to promote a healthier heart should be welcomed.

Responding to the findings, executive director at the North American Menopause Society Margery Gass commented: "This study underscores how important it is for women to get into the best cardiovascular shape they can before menopause. The healthy habits they start then will carry them through the years to come."

Posted by James WorrallADNFCR-2960-ID-801739200-ADNFCR

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