Soy Labs promotes ingredient for cholesterol effect

by Jeff Gelski
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FAIRFIELD, CALIF. — Soy Labs L.L.C. has introduced LunaSoy, a soy protein complex that includes lunasin, for use in functional foods and beverages. Researchers from Soy Labs and the Department of Animal Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia say lunasin, a chromatin-binding peptide, may be the active factor responsible for the ability of soy proteins to lower L.D.L. (bad) cholesterol.

"High cholesterol is one of the most well-known biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, and people are looking for natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals — functional foods and supplements," said Ryan Schmidt, president of Fairfield-based Soy Labs.

Soy Labs also introduced LunasinXP, a proprietary soy peptide extract formulated specifically for dietary supplements. It also includes lunasin.

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