Garry lowered his cholesterol level 100 points by shifting from diary milk to soy milk
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"I had a heart attack and a quadruple
bypass last August. Recently my doctor suggested that I stop drinking cow milk
and drink soy milk in order to help get my cholesterol down. I bought your
machine and have been using it and saw my doctor last Thursday. My cholesterol
rate was down 100 points to 166. My doctor attributes a lot of that decrease to
the soy milk. Your soy milk machine has helped me a great deal." --
Garry is very excited with the results and has told many of his friends. In order to leave us with no doubt of his results, he even provided his cholesterol test result for us to publish here
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Backed by numerous researches, soy is the only food that earned this statement from the conservative FDA:
The FDA on Soy...
"25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."
The American Heart Association (AHA) has joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in urging Americans to eat more soy.
Study after study has shown that soy is an amazing natural remedy that prevents and fights cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases. Best of all, this remedy is also the perfect food. There are even special crops of soybeans that makes soymilk without a beany taste. Chances are you will love soymilk (and the beany taste) after a while even if you do not at first. Soymilk tastes great!
"Scientific research has discovered that adding two ounces of soya to your daily diet can help fight breast and prostate cancer, battle coronary artery disease, ease menopause symptoms, lower your cholesterol, and give a boost to your immune system" - Dr. Earl Mindell (Soy Miracle, Fireside, New York, 1995)
Best of all, making soymilk with the automatic SoyaJoy
soy milk maker is easy and quick. Home made fresh soymilk is more
nutritional and costs much less - as little as $0.20 per gallon!
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Health ó Also Soy Food Nutrient Analysis (Table)
Patricia Greenberg, author of "The Whole Soy Cookbook", and a leading soy nutrition expert who has appeared on the NBC Today Show and The Food Channel, concludes:
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AHA Scientific Position
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. It's an important part of a healthy body because it's used to form cell membranes, some hormones and other needed tissues. But a high level of cholesterol in the blood -- hypercholesterolemia (hi"per-ko-les"ter-ol-E'me-ah) -- is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack.
Cholesterol and other fats can't dissolve in the blood. They have to be transported to and from the cells by special carriers called lipoproteins (lip"o-PRO'te-inz). There are several kinds, but the ones to be most concerned about are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
What is LDL cholesterol?
Low-density lipoprotein is the major cholesterol carrier in the blood. If too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the walls of the arteries feeding the heart and brain. Together with other substances it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis). A clot (thrombus) that forms in the region of this plaque can block the flow of blood to part of the heart muscle and cause a heart attack. If a clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the brain, the result is a stroke. A high level of LDL cholesterol (130 mg/dL and above) reflects an increased risk of heart disease. That's why LDL cholesterol is often called "bad" cholesterol. Lower levels of LDL cholesterol reflect a lower risk of heart disease.
What is HDL cholesterol?
About one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein or HDL. Medical experts think HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it's passed from the body. Some experts believe HDL removes excess cholesterol from atherosclerotic (ath"er-o-skleh-ROT'ik) plaques and thus slows their growth. HDL cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol because a high level of HDL seems to protect against heart attack. The opposite is also true: a low HDL level (less than 40 mg/dL) indicates a greater risk.
What is Lp(a) cholesterol?
Lp(a) is a genetic variation of plasma LDL. A high level of Lp(a) is an important risk factor for developing atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis) prematurely. How an increased Lp(a) contributes to heart disease isn't clear. The lesions in artery walls contain substances that may interact with Lp(a), leading to the buildup of lipids in atherosclerotic plaques.
What about cholesterol and diet?
People get cholesterol in two ways. The body -- mainly the liver -- produces varying amounts, usually about 1,000 milligrams a day. Another 400 to 500 mg (or more) can come directly from foods. Foods from animals (especially egg yolks, meat, poultry, fish, seafood and whole-milk dairy products) contain it. Foods from plants (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds) don't contain cholesterol. Typically the body makes all the cholesterol it needs, so people don't need to consume it.
Saturated fatty acids are the chief culprit in raising blood cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease. Trans fats also raise blood cholesterol. But dietary cholesterol also plays a part. The average American man consumes about 337 milligrams of cholesterol a day; the average woman, 217 milligrams.
Some of the excess dietary cholesterol is removed from the body through the liver. Still, the American Heart Association recommends that you limit your average daily cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams. If you have heart disease, limit your daily intake to less than 200 milligrams. Still, everyone should remember that by keeping their dietary intake of saturated fats low, they will also be able to significantly lower their dietary cholesterol intake. Foods high in saturated fat generally contain substantial amounts of dietary cholesterol.
People with severe hypercholesterolemia (hi"per-ko-les"ter-ol-E'me-ah) may need an even greater reduction. Since cholesterol is present in all foods from animal sources, care must be taken to eat no more than six ounces of lean meat, fish and poultry per day and to use skim (fat-free) and low-fat dairy products. High-quality proteins from vegetable sources such as beans are good substitutes for animal sources of protein.
How does exercise (physical activity) affect cholesterol?
For some people, exercise affects blood cholesterol level by increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol. A higher HDL cholesterol is linked with decreased risk of heart disease. Exercise can also help control weight, diabetes (di"ah-BE'teez or di"ah-BE'tis), and high blood pressure. Exercise that uses oxygen to provide energy to large muscles (aerobic exercise) raises your heart and breathing rates. Regular exercise such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming also condition your heart and lungs.
Physical inactivity has been established as a major risk factor for heart disease. Even moderate-intensity activities, if done daily, help reduce your risk. Examples are walking for pleasure, gardening, yard work, housework, dancing and prescribed home exercise.
How does cigarette / tobacco smoke affect cholesterol?
Cigarette and tobacco smoke is one of the six major risk factors of heart disease that you can change, treat or modify. Smoking has been shown to lower HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.
How does alcohol affect cholesterol?
In some studies, moderate use of alcohol is linked with higher HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. However, because of other risks, the benefit isn't great enough to recommend drinking alcohol if you don't do so already.
If you drink, do so in moderation. The incidence of heart disease in those who consume moderate amounts of alcohol (an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) is lower than in nondrinkers. However, with increased consumption of alcohol, there are other health dangers, such as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, cancer, suicide, etc. In light of these and other risks, the American Heart Association believes it isn't advisable to issue guidelines to the general public that may lead some to increase their intake of alcohol or start drinking if they don't already do so. It's best to consult with your doctor for advice on consuming alcohol in moderation (no more than 1-2 drinks per day).
Related AHA publication(s):
Eating at social events like parties, receptions and family gatherings, and other socials can be a challenge to your heart-healthy eating style. Since you canít control what is served, you may feel that you have no choice but to eat foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Here are some tips that will help you to stick to your low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet (TLC Diet):
Study Shows Benefits From Soy, Water-Soluble Fiber
By Jeanie Davis
Feb. 11, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Veggie burgers, soy milk, heart-healthy margarine -- consider them options in a well-diversified, cholesterol-lowering 'portfolio,' say authors of a new study. Their results show that small daily investments in these readily available foods can improve blood cholesterol levels significantly -- when combined with a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Ratios of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol are important indicators of heart disease risk.
Describing his results as "very hopeful," lead author David J. A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, professor of metabolic/nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, tells WebMD that 13 to 14 grams daily of soy or vegetable protein foods -- such as the typical veggie burger -- increased good cholesterol (HDL) levels and reduced total cholesterol. The study was published recently in the scientific journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental.
"We showed that people can make big differences in their cholesterol ratios -- and without eating particularly large portions. [People in the study] quite easily accommodated 14 grams of soy protein on a regular basis, just one meal in the day," says Jenkins. "Many companies are producing soy products, taking it quite seriously. There's much to choose from. It's much easier for our Western-diet eaters to get satisfaction from the manufactured products than from a block of tofu."
Previous research has shown that dietary changes can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by as much as 18%. By increasing intake of soluble fiber and vegetable protein, total cholesterol levels can be reduced by an additional five to 10% or more. Also, other plant products -- including flavonoids in fruits and vegetables, isoflavones in soy, and lignans in flaxseed -- may help prevent harm from cholesterol.
Cholesterol-lowering medications can achieve reductions of 15-20% -- but Jenkins says the same can be achieved through dietary changes.
In this study, the authors recruited 15 men and five women, average age 58, and all with high cholesterol. The 20 people were already participating in an eight-week National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) study that required a daily diet low in saturated fat (less than 7 mg daily) and cholesterol (less than 200 mg cholesterol daily). Every day, each person in the study substituted a meal item with something from a list of readily available soy, fiber, or vegetable protein foods.
The study participants were divided into two groups. Frozen dinners, veggie burgers and wieners, and vegetarian cold cuts were among the treatment group's choices. Soluble-fiber food choices consisted of dried soups and breakfast cereals containing oat, barley, and legumes. On the comparison group's list: typical low-fat items such as skim-milk yogurt, low-fat cheese, and cottage cheese, and a number of low-fat, low-soluble-fiber microwavable frozen foods.
At the end of the eight-week study, the treatment group's cholesterol levels showed significantly higher HDL cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol was also significantly reduced. While one woman was on hormone replacement therapy and one man was being treated with a cholesterol-lowering medication, neither responded differently from the other subjects, says Jenkins.
While describing this study as "a modest attempt at introducing soy foods into the diet," Jenkins says that even higher dietary levels of soy, water-soluble fiber -- and other new options like cholesterol-lowering margarines -- could bring the 15-20% reductions possible with medications.
Providing objective commentary, William Wong, PhD, research scientist at Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston, tells WebMD, "The findings are very interesting. ... But at this time, you cannot tell if it was the soy protein or the soluble fiber [that created their results]. Especially since the amount of soy protein they were given was 14 grams a day, which was pretty small. To my knowledge, the lowest amount [of soy protein] to be shown effective is about 20 grams. I wish they had put one group on soluble fiber, one group on soy protein, then combined the two. That would be a very, very interesting study."
Erica Frank, MD, lipid researcher at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, tells WebMD, "They did a really good job. ... It's pretty fair to say that the results were attributable to soy. Putting this in the context of other studies, it's pretty clear this is another vote for plant-based diets and soy. ... People need suggestions for good-tasting soy products ... soy milk, soy nuts, smoked tofu is fabulous. It's easy to marinate tofu, sprinkle soy sauce on it and marinate it for an hour and it actually tastes pretty good."
By Craig M. Walker,
Here's the problem with cholesterol: you're feeding cheeseburgers to a
body that thinks you're a caveman living on roots, nuts and berries, with
just the occasional mastodon steak thrown in. It still behaves as if
obtaining cholesterol -- a vital nutrient -- is a much bigger problem than
getting rid of it.
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