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Name: Pauline

I have an elevated Lipoprotein a with normal levels of LDL and HDL. My research showed that it is possible that Soy may raise lipoprotein a levels. What are your recommendations as I am 47 and having menomausal symptoms?

Thank you,

Hello Pauline,

Thank you fo ryour question.

Before we get started, please read the following: We do not give medical advice. We provide nutritional information regarding Revival Soy products and information available in the public domain for the uses of soy. We advise you to discuss your personal medical issues with your physician. I hope our information will be helpful to you.

The American Heart Association recommends eating more soy:

Heart Association Recommends Eating More SoyUpdated 4:48 PM ET November 13, 2000By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - It's official -- the American Heart Association wants you to eat soy.
The giant non-profit, which has for years preached the gospel of healthy diet and exercise, says the scientific studies have shown that eating soy can lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
The recommendation adds soy to the growing list of foods, such as orange juice, bananas, leafy green vegetables and oatmeal, that most people should try to eat every day.

Heart disease is the single biggest killer in the United States and many industrialized countries.
John Erdman, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois in Urbana, said people who eat soy cut at least some unhealthy meat from their diets -- but also add some goodies.

He noted many studies have shown that Asians, who have a high intake of soy and a low intake of meat and dairy, have about half the rates of cardiovascular disease as do Europeans and Americans.
Studies have also suggested that substituting soy for animal protein can reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called bad cholesterol, lower triglycerides, another measure of blood fat, and raise the good "HDL" that carries fat out of the bloodstream.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating 20 grams of soy a day can reduce levels of cholesterol in as little as 9 weeks. The greatest effects are seen in people with high blood cholesterol, and Erdman said there is little risk that people with lower cholesterol can push it too low by eating soy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now allows makers of food products that are low in fat and that contain at least 6.25 grams of soy to put a health claim on the label.
"We encourage people to use soy that is natural," Erdman said -- as opposed to taking capsules that claim to contain soy protein. He said complete soy seems to have a variety of ingredients that act together to lower cholesterol.

He urged the food industry to develop more tasty foods that include soy, although he added that many had come on the market in recent years. "Many Americans do not appreciate the bean taste of soy," he said. "Taste rules. People do not buy things twice unless they taste good."

But he noted that Americans are turning to soy in greater numbers, with sales of soy products up 45 percent in recent years in mainstream supermarkets -- not health food stores.
Easy ways to get soy into the diet include using soy milk, which contains about 6 to 8 grams in an 8-ounce serving. "Soymilk has a bit of a nutty taste," Erdman said. "Soymilk is very, very nice in cereal."

Three ounces of tofu -- which is winning favor in restaurants and on supermarket shelves -- has 8 to 10 grams of soy protein per serving, Erdman said. Soy burgers can contain anywhere between 10 and 18 grams each. Soy flour, usually de-fatted, is also a good source.
Erdman said the studies show the earlier one starts, the better, so the Heart Association recommends encouraging children to eat soy.

Compounds in soy that may help make it healthy include phytic acid, saponins, which may help the body excrete more bile and cholesterol with it, and the amino acid arginine, Erdman said.

How much soy should I consume?
How much Revival do I have to eat to see results?

Eating enough soy protein and soy isoflavones is essential to obtain soy’s full benefits. An international panel of leading soy researchers determined that 100 to 160 milligrams of soy isoflavones per day are likely needed to achieve all of the potential benefits of soy isoflavones. The FDA states that 25 grams of soy protein per day, with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends 50 grams of soy protein per day.

We have an excellent summary of this at

How soon will I see results?

Our suggested usage is to enjoy 1 naturally-concentrated (6x) Revival bar or shake per day. Use Revival's baked soy chips, soy pasta, soy nuts, & soy "coffee" to boost protein intake.


Appropriate Isoflavone Food Fortification Levels: Results of a Consensus Conference.

J.J.B. Anderson, H. Adlercreutz, S. Barnes, M.R. Bennink, M.S. Kurzer, P. Murphy, K. Setchell, C.M. Weaver, and C.M. Hasler. Univ. of No. Carolina, Helsinki, Ala.-Birmingham, Michigan St., Minnesota, Iowa St., Cincinnati, Purdue and Illinois. Experimental Biology 2000, San Diego, CA April 15-18, 2000.

Several leading isflavone researchers convened recently to establish appropriate isoflavone food fortification levels. A consensus was achieved after reviewing human studies in the areas of menopause, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. For the relief of menopausal symptoms, an intake of 60 mg aglycones was proposed, but consumption of soy protein in conjunction with the isoflavones was not specifically recommended. For improvement in bone mineral density, consumption of 60 to 100 mg aglycones per day, without any concomitant soy protein, was suggested. The consensus panel determined that the minimal intake needed to reduce serum LDL-cholesterol is between 37 and 62 mg aglycones per day, depending on prior cholesterol status (normo- vs. hypercholesterolemia), in conjunction with approximately 25 g of soy protein. The minimal intake for potentially reducing the risk of cancers of the breast, colon and prostate in humans was suggested to be between 50 and 110 mg per day of aglycones. No concomitant soy protein might augment activity of the isoflavones. For health benefits, recommended aglycone intakes ranged from 60 to 100 mg per day (100 to 160 mg glycosides). However, the panel recommended an isoflavone intake of 60 mg of aglycones per day (100 mg glycosides) as a reasonable and responsible food fortification level. The issue of whether soy protein needs to be consumed in conjunction with isoflavones to obtain optimal health benefits requires further experimental investigation.


Soy Protein (1)
25-50 grams/day

Total Isoflavones (2)
Heart Health: 60 - 105 mg/day
Menopausal Symptoms: 100 mg/day
Bone Mineral Health: 100 - 160 mg/day
Breast Health: 85-183 mg day
Colon Health: 85-183 mg/day
Prostate Health: 85-183 mg/day
Food Fortification Level: 100 mg/day

1. FDA (25 grams/day); American Heart Association (50 grams/day)
2. Appropriate Isoflavone Food Fortification Levels: Results of a Consensus Conference. J.J.B. Anderson, H. Adlercreutz, S. Barnes, M.R. Bennink, M.S. Kurzer, P. Murphy, K. Setchell, C.M. Weaver, and C.M. Hasler. Univ. of No. Carolina, Helsinki, Ala.-Birmingham, Michigan St., Minnesota, Iowa St., Cincinnati, Purdue and Illinois. Experimental Biology 2000, San Diego, CA April 15-18, 2000.

Please let me know if I can help further.
Best Regards,
Aaron Tabor, MD

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