Equol comes from soy. When soy is eaten, certain bacteria in the gut change the chemicals contained in soy to equol. However, only 20-60% of people are able to break down soy chemicals to form equol. Some studies have shown that people capable of breaking soy down to form equol get more health benefits from soy. These people are called equol producers.

Equol is used for symptoms of menopause. It is also used for weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis), aging skin, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Equol is a chemical that has some effects that are similar to the hormone estrogen, but it is much less potent than estrogen.

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