Soy Nutrients May Lower Blood Pressure

Updated at: Mar 31, 2012
Soy Nutrients May Lower Blood Pressure

A recent study recommends soy nutrients to lower blood pressure.

Himanshu Sharma
LatestWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Mar 29, 2012

Soy Nutrients

Isoflavones nutrient, usually found in the soy, green tea, peanuts and other plant sources, is recommended for lowering blood pressure. Researchers of Columbia University made an attempt to relieve individuals suffering from high blood pressure condition by announcing soy benefits for managing blood pressure.

This study examined lifestyles of over 5,000 Americans, following their lifestyles for over 20 years. The age group considered for the study was 18-30 years. The subjects filled out dietary surveys, which reflected that regular consumption of isoflavones had positive outcome on blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure measurement of individuals consuming soy, green tea and peanuts was 5.5 on average, which was considerable less than people with no or minimal interest isoflavones consumption.

Safiya Richardson of Columbia University highlighted the easy inclusion of isoflavones to everyday diet regimen. As a matter of fact, 8-ounce glass of soy milk constitutes 22 milligrams of isoflavones. Alternatively, one can also eat 100 grams of roasted soybeans and obtain benefits.

Besides healthy dietary alternatives to manage the condition of high blood pressure, there are many factors that should never be ignored. Among other factors affecting blood pressure are age, smoking, alcohol, physical activity, sex, weight and total caloric intake.

Isoflavones nutrients boost generation of enzymes which are responsible for nitric oxide production. In this manner, these nutrients help in relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.

Although John Harold, UCLA heart specialist and American College of Cardiology vice president, ruled out the theory of isoflavones making all the difference. He believed that diet rich in isoflavones might have other advantages as well besides this one, or it was due to the healthier lifestyle of subjects.




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