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Eating Soy Protein Helps Eases Stress On Fatty Livers

April 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Obesity is a key factor in fatty liver disease, which affects a third of Americans and can lead to liver failure. In obese patients, the transport of fat to adipose (fatty) tissue can slow down to the point that the liver becomes a dumping ground for excess fat. Now researchers at the University of Illinois have found that soy protein cuts fat accumulation in the liver of obese patients by restoring the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, a crucial player in fat metabolism. The researchers suggested that eating soy protein, from sources such as tofu and yogurt, alleviates some of the stress on fatty livers.
Hong Chen, "Soy Protein Alleviates Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease, Study Suggests", News release, presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, April 22, 2012, © American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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