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Soy Beans Enhance Facial Recognition Abilities


Soy Beans Enhance Facial Recognition Abilities

(epharmanews)- A new study published today in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that soy beans enhance the mental abilities in postmenopausal women. The study found that soy beans improve visual memory related to facial recognition, which contradicts earlier reports.

“Soy is a staple of many traditional Asian diets and has been thought possibly to improve cognition in postmenopausal women,” said study author Victor W. Henderson, MD, MS, with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and a Fellow with the American Academy of Neurology. “Our study found long-term use of soy protein neither improved nor impaired overall cognition.”

For this study, 313 postmenopausal women between the ages of 45 and 92 were given 25 grams of soy protein daily, a dose comparable to that of traditional Asian diets, or a milk protein-matched placebo.

At the beginning of the study, as well as after two and a half years, participants were asked to perform a variety of tests to measure memory as well as other thinking abilities.

Researchers found that after two and half years the results did not change in participants who were administered soy protein or milk protein. However, a slight improvement, about 13%, was noticed in participants who had soy protein, concerning facial recognition and memory abilities.

“Our study provides strong evidence that soy supplements should not be used by postmenopausal women with the main goal of enhancing overall cognitive ability,” said Henderson. “On the other hand, a diet high in soy protein does not appear to have any harmful effect on thinking skills, either.”

Earlier researches have studied the effects of soy beans on mental abilities of aged men and women and found that such effects depend on processing, preparation and amounts of consumption.


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