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Patent Pick: Easter Bunny Diet Holds Anti-aging Secret

March 21, 2016 | Contact Author | By: Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
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Keywords: coumestrol | MMPs | elasticity | collagen | AmorePacific | soybean | red clover | Brussels sprouts | mung bean | pea

Abstract: The Easter Bunny is hiding more than eggs. His coumestrol-rich diet of alfalfa sprouts, red clover, soybeans, peas, mung bean and more holds the key to skin elasticity and wrinkle prevention, according to this AmorePacific patent.

The Easter Bunny is hiding more than eggs. His coumestrol-rich diet of alfalfa sprouts, red clover, soybeans, peas, mung bean and more holds the key to skin elasticity and wrinkle prevention, according to this AmorePacific patent.

Coumestrol or coumestrol-containing bean extract 
U.S. Patent 9265707 
Publication date: Feb. 23, 2016
Assignee: AmorePacific Corp.

This patent describes compositions for skin care including coumestrol or a bean extract containing coumestrol. Coumestrol is a phytoestrogen usually found in the seed, root or leaf of plants in the family Leguminosae or Compositae.

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The Easter Bunny is hiding more than eggs. His coumestrol-rich diet of alfalfa sprouts, red clover, soybeans, peas, mung bean and more holds the key to skin elasticity and wrinkle prevention, according to this AmorePacific patent.

Coumestrol or coumestrol-containing bean extract
U.S. Patent 9265707
Publication date: Feb. 23, 2016
Assignee: AmorePacific Corp.

This patent describes compositions for skin care including coumestrol or a bean extract containing coumestrol. Coumestrol is a phytoestrogen usually found in the seed, root or leaf of plants in the family Leguminosae or Compositae. It can be classified as a coumestan-like isoflavonoid and is known to have estrogenic effects.

In this patent, specific ingredient examples include coumestrol or bean extracts selected from: soybean, pea, mung bean and sprouted beans from red clover (alfalfa), Brussels sprouts, etc.

The compositions incorporating these ingredients inhibit the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1), which may act as collagenase. They also promote the synthesis of type I pN collagen, suppress the glycation of skin cells, and promote the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in cells. As a result, the compositions can improve skin elasticity and wrinkles.

Patent accessed March 18, 2016.