Soy sup­ple­ments don’t cure asthma: Study

Asian Journal - - Food Corner -

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.

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