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Dietary soy reduces pain, inflammation in rats

he paw with a series of nylon filaments. Tests were performed prior to injection and repeated six, 24, 48 and 96 hours after the injection.

Rats on the soy protein diet had significantly less swelling in their paws and a higher tolerance to heat than the casein-fed animals. Diet did not affect the rats' reaction to pressure stimuli. These results are consistent with previous research showing consumption of a soy-containing diet suppressed the development of pain following nerve injury.*1

Further studies will determine if a soy diet can reduce the opioid dosage necessary for treating chronic pain and, therefore, side effects related to the medication.


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Contact: Karen Blum
kblum@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
15-Mar-2002


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