WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Soy nuts helped women lower their blood pressure, according to results of a new health study reported by Cornell University.
The study was conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Brookline, Mass., and has been discussed at a scientific meeting of the American Heart Association.
"Half a cup of dry-roasted soy nuts each day may help women lower their blood pressure after menopause," the Food and Fitness Advisor, a publication of Cornell's Weill Medical College, reported.
Results of the study showed that the soy effect worked "almost as well as taking some medications," the Cornell publication said.
An eight-week study found that women with high blood pressure who ate a half-cup of soy nuts daily lowered their systolic blood pressure by l0 percent. Diastolic blood pressure was lowered by 7 percent.
"But even women with normal pressure were able to lower it by eating the soy nuts," the Food and Fitness Advisor said.
High blood pressure -- generally defined as 140 and above for systolic pressure and 90 or more for diastolic pressure -- is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
The Massachusetts study involved 60 post-menopausal women. Researchers told the American Heart Association meeting that their study results are promising, and said a larger study is needed to confirm the soy effects on blood pressure.