Soybean protein may help lower cholesterol, be as beneficial as statins. Certain proteins in soybeans may have cholesterol-lowering effects.
Researchers studied soybeans to determine why they may have the ability to lower cholesterol.
The scientists studied different levels of two soybean proteins—glycinin and beta-conglycinin.
They noted soybeans with increased levels of beta-conglycinin compared to glycinin were better able to regulate cholesterol metabolism and inhibit fatty acid oxidation.
Eating soybeans with higher levels of beta-conglycinin may help to maintain healthy liver and cardiovascular function.
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