Soy supplements don’t cure asthma: Study
Washington: Contrary to previous findings suggesting a link between soy intake and decreased asthma severity, a new study by scientists, including an Indian-American shows soy supplements do not improve lung function for patients with asthma. The paper highlights the importance of focusing on overall health to manage disease, rather than individual strategies such as increasing soy consumption. “You are what you eat, but that’s a whole constellation of foods, not just a single food or a single component of a food,” said first author Lewis Smith, professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Instead of focusing on supple- ments, we should be taking a more holistic approach,” Smith said. Indian-American Ravi Kalhan, associate professor in medicinepulmonary and preventive medicine at Feinberg also contributed to the paper. The study explored the effects of soy in 386 adults and children aged 12 or older with poorly controlled asthma. All were taking medicine to treat their asthma but none were consuming soy.