Lunasin and Heart Health

The scientific community widely recognizes the health benefits of soy, specifically its positive impact on heart health. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration validated this claim back in 1999. Recent studies have identified lunasin, a naturally occurring peptide found in soy, as the key contributor to its cholesterol-lowering properties.

Lunasin is a dual-action peptide that works to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The liver is responsible for over 80% of cholesterol production in the body, which makes controlling its internal production the most effective way to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Lunasin achieves this in two ways:
  • Selectively disrupting a key enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis.
  • Increasing the number of receptors available in liver cells to clear LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Unlike medications that block HMG-CoA (the enzyme responsible for cholesterol production), which can cause adverse health effects, lunasin targets cholesterol production at an earlier stage, reducing HMG-CoA without completely blocking it. This allows for cholesterol-lowering benefits without disrupting normal cellular function. Try incorporating soy into your diet today to benefit from the power of lunasin.