Protein May Help Protect Women Against Many Types Of Chronic Disease

Plant Protein and Healthy Aging

A study of approximately 48,000 women found that each 3% increase in plant protein consumption raised the likelihood of healthy ageing with fewer chronic diseases, higher mobility, and less cognitive decline by 38%.

Mental Health Benefits

Plant protein consumption was favorably associated with good mental health and memory function.

Cardiovascular and Physical Function Benefits

Plant protein is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, and it promotes muscle synthesis, enhancing physical function.

Nutrient-Rich Sources

Plant protein sources such as beans, lentils, nuts, and vegetables provide high-quality carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Study Data and Methodology

Data from the Nurses' Health Study, collected from 1984 to 2016, tracked the frequency of food consumption among women aged 38 to 59, all in good health at the start of the study.

Healthy Aging Criteria

Women required to be free of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses, stroke, kidney failure, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and ALS by 70 93 to be healthy.

Dietary Recommendations

Adult women need 5 to 6 ounces of protein daily. A 3% protein increase in a 2,000-calorie diet equals 60 calories or half an ounce of protein, found in one cup of cooked beans or lentils.

Comparative Health Outcomes

Women consuming more plant proteins were 46% more likely to remain healthy into later years, while those consuming more animal protein were 6% less likely to stay healthy.