Isoflavones are classified phytochemicals because they naturally occur in plant form, typically via the legume family. Isoflavones are also known as phytoestrogens, which resemble human estrogen but in a weaker form.
Researchers claim isoflavones can help maintain good health, reduce heart disease, reduce cancer risk, improve overall bone health, and ease menopause symptoms.
Soybeans contain the highest concentration of these powerful antioxidants. Daidzein and genistein are two of the more well known soy isoflavones.
While much of the research has focused on the nutritional aspects of incorporating soy isoflavones into the diet, more research is being conducted on how these antioxidants help with skin care and aging.
As our skin matures, it loses elasticity and beings to wrinkle. Women going through menopause often see drastic changes in their skin because hormonal fluctuations wreak havoc on cell structure and affect collagen production. Attack from environmental free radicals such as sun exposure, smoking and air pollution also contributes significantly to skin aging.
Soy isoflavones work by neutralizing free radicals. Also, the phytoestrogen properties in soy isoflavones mimic human estrogen to some extent. Soy isoflavones aid in collagen production and help improve skin elasticity. This is especially important for women who see estrogen levels decline during menopause.