Supplements for Cholesterol: What Works?
What it is: A protein found in soy foods such as tofu, edamame, and soy milk.
The evidence: The FDA allows the labels of certain foods containing soy protein to claim that, as part of a heart-healthy diet, soy protein may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL. Research has found that soy protein’s effect is relatively modest, however. A 2006 review by the American Heart Association found that consuming 50 grams of soy protein a day—twice as much as the FDA says is necessary to reduce the risk of heart disease—results in an average drop in LDL of just 3%. The bottom line: Soy protein does lower LDL, but only slightly. The size of the effect seems to have been overstated. (Still have questions about natural cholesterol-lowering remedies? Ask our Natural Living experts)
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