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Soy may improve lung function

June 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers say consuming lots of soy foods such as tofu and soy milk may improve lung function and lower the risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Researchers say the reason could be because soy has anti-inflammatory flavonoids that may protect against tobacco carcinogens for smokers.COPD is described as a progressive decline in lung function. It includes bronchitis and emphysema. Long-term smoking causes almost 90 percent of COPD.

Previous research suggested soy can reduce cholesterol and ease menopause symptoms.

This is the first study to link soy intake to a lower risk for COPD.

The study is published online at http://respiratory-research.com/content/10/1/56

ScienceDaily contributed to this report.

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