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Phytoestrogens and cardiovascular health

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Phytoestrogens may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease, data from epidemiologic studies, human and animal trials and in vitro analyses show. A review by Lynette Lissin, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, et al., in the American Journal of Cardiology, recommends "women at high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly those without a personal or family history of breast or uterine cancer, increase their consumption of foods rich in phytoestrogens such as soy protein." Lissin et al. believe plant-based estrogens may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, and call for more research on specific phytoestrogens

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