A new study identifies more potential health benefits for soy, giving soybean farmers another item to add to the list of advantages soyfoods can provide. Compounds found naturally in soy, known as isoflavones, increase artery and heart health, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and published in the European Heart Journal.

The study was conducted on patients with a history of stroke and high cholesterol. The results were measured by artery diameter and cholesterol levels.

Not only is this good news for soybeans and overall health, but especially for Americans whose leading causes of death are heart disease (number one) and stroke (number three) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Jim Stillman, a soybean farmer and United Soybean Board director from Emmetsburg, Iowa.

“The soybean checkoff is always looking for more new uses for soybeans,” said Stillman. “Anytime research about benefits of soybeans comes out, it's terrific news for soybean farmers.”