ADM Receives Patents for Soy's Various Health Benefits

August 1, 2002

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ADM Receives Patents for Soy's Various Health Benefits

DECATUR, Ill.--Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) was awarded three U.S. patents that cover the use of concentrated isoflavones in combination with other phytochemicals for the treatment of various diseases and conditions. The patents envelop plant-derived compositions enriched with at least two phytochemicals such as isoflavones, lignans, saponin, catechins and phenolic acids, a combination that creates a convenient method for consuming the most beneficial mix of phytochemicals. Soy is the preferred source of isoflavones, but other plants such as wheat, psyllium, kudzu and flax can also be used, according to the patents.

U.S. Patent No. 6,391,308, "Method of Preparing and Using Isoflavones for the Treatment of Blood-Related Illnesses," reported phytochemicals may either prevent or treat vascular problems, and the most benefits are reaped when a combination of phytochemicals are consumed. The company reported in its patent that isoflavones positively affect various cardiovascular conditions, including heart disease, cholesterol and angiogenesis. "It is believed that the improved composition will produce results for these cardiovascular conditions at least as beneficial as those hitherto known and at a reduced cost," the patent read.

U.S. Patent No. 6,395,279, "Method of Preparing and Using Isoflavones for the Treatment of Cancer," reported many cancers, especially breast and prostate cancers, are either preventable or treatable by using phytochemicals, especially when used in combination with one another. For example, lignans have been implicated in preventing or treating breast, prostate and colon cancers, while saponins have been shown to prevent or treat skin cancer.

U.S. Patent No. 6,391,309, "Method of Preparing and Using Isoflavones for the Treatment of Female Symptoms," reported a combination of phytochemicals may benefit menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis. The patent also covers premenstrual syndrome and other problems relating to a reduction of sex hormones and to menstruation.

"The unique combination of isoflavones with other natural-source compounds has potential to provide greater benefit than can be achieved from single, uncombined compounds and may prove useful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduction in hot flashes and treatment of cancer," said Tony DeLio, corporate vice president of marketing and external affairs at ADM ( "They can be utilized in dietary supplements or added to foods to provide functional benefits."

All three inventions can be delivered as a pill, tablet, capsule, liquid or food ingredient, as well as in a cream or lotion. More information on these patents can be found at

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