Menopause Symptoms and Age: Reduce Crow’s Feet and Wrinkles

by Laura Ramirez on September 22, 2011

Menopause symptoms and age-related problems like wrinkled, thinning skin can make women feel unattractive because they believe that they look old. Although “looking good is feeling good” seems to be the mantra of our looks-obsessed society, this has been counterbalanced somewhat by quips like, “Beauty is as beauty does” and “Beauty is a thing of the spirit.” Inspiring words aside, looking good does seem to make one feel good as well as comfortable and secure.

So what’s a mature woman to do if she doesn’t want to risk plastic surgery or botox (or use any of those other fillers) and end up looking like a caricature of her youth or in the very least, a pufferfish? No offense, but if your wrinkles have been plumped up with fillers or pulled tight with stitches, it’s not a secret—other people, including men and those who haven’t seen your “before” picture, can tell. While you may fool yourself into believing that you look younger, you actually just look desperate.

That said, I’m all for fighting the aging process without resorting to plastic or fillers of any kind. As my mom once said, “As I age, I want to look more like myself … just older.” So what’s the answer?

Results from a new study look promising. A nutritional supplement made from soy (specifically, Natural S-equol) minimized crow’s feet in the corner of the eyes of Japanese menopausal women. These findings were significant which indicates that this supplement can slow skin aging—great news for women like me who count on good food, exercise, a sense of humor, supplements and lotions, but it still needs to be tested on women of other ethnicities. The other great thing about Natural S-equol is that it is specifically targets wrinkled skin and has no side effects.

Although a bit technical, here are the results from the study mentioned above which was published in the journal Menopause (If you aren’t interested in all the scientific stuff, skip down to the summary):

S-equol [7-hydroxy-3-(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-chroman] is a compound resulting — when certain bacteria are present in the digestive tract — from the natural metabolism, or conversion, of daidzein, an isoflavone found in whole soybeans. Not everyone can produce S-equol after soy consumption, as the production depends on the types of bacteria present in the large intestine and may be influenced by the amount of soy consumed. About 50 percent of Asians and 20 to 30 percent of North Americans and Europeans, who in general consume less soy than Asians, have the ability to produce high levels of S-equol naturally. Preliminary evidence from observational studies suggests that among Japanese women, those who produce S-equol naturally may have fewer menopausal symptoms. Controlled clinical trials have documented that a supplement containing Natural S-equol reduces the frequency of hot flashes as well as muscle discomfort associated with menopause, both in Japan and the United States.

S-equol binds to the same estrogen receptors as naturally occurring, endogenous estrogen, but with a stronger affinity for the estrogen beta receptor. On binding to these receptors, S-equol mimics some, but not all, activities of endogenous estrogen. Because of these actions, it has been proposed that S-equol may alleviate some of the symptoms caused by diminished estrogen production during menopause, such as skin aging. Some studies in postmenopausal women have shown that hormone therapy increases skin’s collagen content, elasticity, thickness and hydration, while reducing wrinkles. Approximately 30 percent of the collagen fibers of the skin’s middle dermal layer are diminished during the first five years after menopause.

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Menopause symptoms and age-related conditions like wrinkling can be minimized with a new supplement called SE5-OH.

The data from the study indicate that taking 10 or 30 mg of S-equol (also called SE5-OH) may reduce wrinkles around the eyes. Since wrinkles are a sign of degeneration of the skin which is caused by age-related changes such as estrogen decline, it makes perfect sense that this can be alleviated through nutrition. Taking 30 mg had a bigger effect in terms of reducing wrinkles than the 10 mg dose. There were no side effects recorded from using this supplement and interestingly enough, it also did not change hormone levels in any significant way. The women who participated in the study ranged in age from 45-65 years old and had started seeing changes due to menopause symptoms and age within 5 years of the start date of the study.

SE5-OH is made from a bacteria that comes from the whole soy germ. The bacteria is fermented and is destroyed completely during the heat process required to make the supplement. Soon, you will be able to find this supplement in products Made by Nature Made ®.

What are you using to alleviate menopause symptoms and age-related problems like thinning, wrinkled skin? Please share what is working for you with other women. Oh and if you differ with me about what I had to say about plastic surgery and botox, please share your opinion as well.

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