A new study by Curtin University of Technology's (CUT) and the Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) has found that consuming soy milk may help prevent chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is a chronic lung disease caused by smoking. It is characterized by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.
The researchers led by Andy Lee found that optimally people need to consume 75 grams of soy products daily. "We also found that people who consumed at least 50 grams of soy products per day reduced their risk of developing COPD and respiratory symptoms," Lee said, adding that the research showed that long-term soy consumption was associated with improved lung function and a reduction in the risk of COPD.
He however warned that quitting smoking was the best option. The details of the study appear in the journal Respiratory Research.