Although factors such as exercise, and of course NOT smoking at all, greatly add to one’s chances of not acquiring lung cancer, a new study out of Japan shows that eating soy could also lower risks not previously realized.
Diet’s with soy intake have been all the rage as of late, for men especially, because of the possible preventive benefits for prostate cancer. But the new study, which included more then 36,000 Japanese men (and more then 40,000 women) indicating eating soy (combined with a healthy lifestyle of exercise and no smoking) could decrease a man’s risk for lung cancer.
Soy contains isoflavones, long thought to contain anti-cancer qualities for hormone related cancers like breast and the afore mentioned prostate. It is now believed that cells in the lung might have similar properties and therefore may respond well to isoflavones.
Time will of course be the best test for these findings, but for now men should consider the further possible benefits from a healthy lifestyle, no smoking and a good diet containing some soy foods.
Soy foods can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in small to moderate quantities and from the sources of miso, tempeh, soy beans and small amounts of tofu because they do not contain high amounts of the unhealthy components of soy.
In most cases the public should avoid processed soy foods such as soy milk, cheeses, cookies, ice creams, etc and you should never ever give a baby soy formula or soy milk.
Sometimes soy protein and soy isoflavones may be used therapeutically to balance hormones, but this should be taken under the supervision of a trained professional.
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