Emulsifier Soy Lecithin Powder
If you are concerned about your heart health, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors diagnosed 26.5 million people with heart disease in 2011. Even more alarming, cardiovascular disease accounted for 597, 689 deaths in the United States during the same year, which makes it the leading cause of death in America.1 While you might find these statistics disheartening, there is good news. Several comprehensive reviews of the results of clinical studies have found that people who reduce their cholesterol levels by just 10 percent reduce their risk of having an adverse health event related to cardiovascular disease by 50 percent.
Clinical research shows the benefits of soy lecithin
A research team comprised of scientists from the leading universities in Brazil conducted a study to determine effects of supplements containing soy lecithin on the cholesterol levels of 30 subjects that ranged in age from 58 to 70 years old. All the subjects accepted into this double blind experiment had a diagnosis of high cholesterol. The control group received a placebo on a daily basis and the experimental group took a supplement with 500 mg of soy lecithin each day. The scientists took blood samples from the participants in the study to determine cholesterol levels at the beginning of the research, one month after the subjects started taking either the supplement or the placebo, and then at two months.
As expected, the individuals in control group did not experience a significant decrease in their cholesterol levels. The experimental group, however, demonstrated a 40 percent decrease in their serum cholesterol levels. The research team stated they believed this reduction is the result of changes in the way the liver processes low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) when it is exposed to the different chemicals contained in soy lecithin.2
FDA approves using soy lecithin to reduce cholesterol
According the authors of another comprehensive literature review published in the journal Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, more than 38 clinical research studies support the use of soy supplements to reduce cholesterol levels. Based upon this strong conclusive evidence, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the claim that taking a 25-milligram soy lecithin supplement each day significantly reduces serum cholesterol levels and decreases the risk of heart disease. It is important to note that the clinical evidence suggests people who merely include soy products are not likely not to experience the same benefits because the heat used in processing these foods degrades the active ingredients in soy.3
The best thing you can do to keep your heart healthy, is to take a high-quality multivitamin with soy lecithin every day.