Posted by: dlip | February 8, 2009

Chickpeas and Soya beans

A compound found in soya beans and chickpeas could help stroke patients, research suggests.

A study into a dietary supplement containing isoflavone found it improved artery function in stroke patients.

Heart disease patients who had suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot were split into two groups, with one given isoflavone and the other a placebo.

Researchers measured the way the main artery in the arm dilated following an increase in blood flow, known as flow-mediated dilation (FMD). The greater the FMD, the better the artery is working.

The results showed the level of poor FMD was similar between the groups at the start, but after 12 weeks the FMD was ‘significantly greater’ in those taking isoflavone.

When reading this article in the health section of the Mail Online – http://www.dailymail.co.uk – I noticed that some commentators suggested that this was due to the ‘oestrogen effect’ in the soya/ chickpeas. Others reminded readers of the side-effects of increased stomach gases. However, I think an occasional – even weekly – dish of chickpeas, especially with chapattis and prepared Indian style may not be a bad idea. Anything to help improve circulation would surely be a good. Of course regularly trying to get up and get moving would be beneficial.

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