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Soy Protein Might Reduce Inflammation Linked with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By jeremyc | April 28, 2017

According to a new study, eating soy proteins might help relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. The current study was done on mice, and if similar results are found in human studies, we could have more effective treatments for inflammatory bowel disease in future.

A common condition, inflammatory bowel disease, like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, affects nearly 3.1 million people in America alone. It is imperative to have treatments that can effectively mitigate its symptoms because chronic inflammation linked with it is a serious risk factor for the cancer of the colon.

Some previous studies had linked soy protein consumption with lower risk of colon cancer. However, some other studies have thrown up mixed results.

In this study, the researchers set out to investigate the effect soy protein has on symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in mice with this condition. The researchers found that intake of soy protein concentrate improved spleen swelling and stopped weight loss. These findings indicate that inflammation might reduce with intake of soy protein.

The next step is to test soy protein concentrate in humans. Many people have already started replacing meat protein in their diet with soy protein, so it shouldn’t be long before such a study is done.

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