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Soy protein may benefit treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

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Researchers say that consuming soy protein may lessen the severity of inflammatory bowel disease.


The severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss which is generally associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be very debilitating and may lead to complications which are life-threatening reports Mayo Clinic. IBD primarily consists of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Natural remedies to help in the treatment of this serious condition are always welcomed.

It has been determined by researchers that certain vitamins and supplements and resveratrol can be of benefit in the treatment of IBD. It has been reported by Penn State researchers that consuming soy protein may also decrease the severity of IBD. This study was done on mice and cultured human colon cells.

IBD is a risk factor for colon cancer

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This is a very significant finding in view of the seriousness of this condition. IBD is a risk factor for colon cancer. There are about 4 million people across the world affected by IBD.

Joshua Lambert, who is an associate professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, says that the development of dietary strategies to help in the treatment of IBD have a great deal of public health importance. His research team has observed that soy-protein concentrate can have antioxidant and cytoprotective effects in human bowel cells which are cultured. Soy can also moderate the seriousness of inflammation in mice that have a condition induced which is like ulcerative colitis.

Soy protein is a very widely used ingredient for food

It is believed by Lambert that human studies of this nature will be easy to pursue because soy protein is a very widely used ingredient for food. Soy milk is very popular and soy is often used as a meat substitute.

The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry has published this study. Soy protein seems to offer promise in the treatment of IBD. Soy is a very attractive food due to it's delicious taste and versatility and so consuming soy is a form of potential treatment for IBD which should be enjoyable for most patients.