There seems good news for women, particularly for those who are concerned about wrinkles paving their way across the contours of their faces. The answer to their prayers lies in S–equol, a compound derived from fermented soy germ.
In a study conducted by Tokyo based drug supplement producer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical a new supplement derived from soy could help ease out crow’s feet in postmenopausal women.
The human body is capable of producing S–equol as a byproduct of digesting soy isoflavones. Isoflavones are plant chemicals similar to estrogen. The compound is said to link itself to cells and behave like a weak form of estrogen.
Skin cells are among other cells that have estrogen receptors and it is also believed that women’s skin starts ageing because of low estrogen levels.
For the purpose of the study, the company considered whether giving S – equol to postmenopausal women would diminish the appearance of crow’s feet. Crow’s feet are lines that begin to show at the outer corners of the eyes as one gets older.
The researchers took 101 women and divided them into three groups. The first group was given a higher dose of an S – equol supplement everyday for three months. The second group took a lower dose and the third group was given placebo tablets containing only starch.
It was found that different individuals reacted differently to the compound. While in some people the estrogen receptors were active and the compound showed results, in others the ability of the body to make use of the compound had dwindled.
In spite of this good news, S- equol could have negative effects; the same that could be caused by estrogen which includes breast cancer and uterine cancer.
Other options to reduce wrinkles are botox injections and disport that work well but cost more than the soy supplement.