Retinol's Gentler Hippie Cousin
Presented in a 2020 study as the natural alternative to vitamin A derivative products, Bakuchoil has a very high standard to live up to. Retinols have a long, well-studied history as collagen supportive agents and antiacne agents. Bakuchiol is a purified meroterpene phenol found in the seed of the Indian plant Babchi. Plant sources of the constituent include Psoralea corylifolia, Psoralea glandulosa, Pimelea drupaceae, Ulmus davidiana ,Otholobium pubescens and Piper longum (long pepper). Though natural in origin, some clinical data supports the claims that bakuchiol has significant anti-ageing properties. Coined the term " the functional analogue of retinol", bakuchiol shows similar functional pathways to conventional ratinols. Studies demonstrate that it upregulates collagen synthesis and extracellular matrix enzymes just as conventional retinol does. Additionally, it comes with the advantage of higher tolerability and less skin irritation. such findings make it an excellent candidate for wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and general skin renewal.
Key Health Benefits
Pancreatic beta-cell protective
Not Just a Pretty Face
There is no doubt that bakuchiol is a unique plant constituent in terms of its skincare potential, but studies about the meroterpene show much more serious therapeutic potential. Bakuchiol is found to have antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiacne activity.
Catching Scientists Interest
Animal studies show that bakuchiol exhibits heart-protective properties in terms of ischemia-reperfusion injury. Other studies demonstrate pathways that promote myofibroblast apoptosis in liver fibrosis models. Additionally, its weak, hormone-like action points towards its possible applicability as an anti-osteoporotic agent. Finally, other studies demonstrate the reduction of blood glucose and triglyceride levels after the use of bakuchiol. Still new to science, bakuchiol appears to have caught the interest of scientists and is expected to be further studied. It may even end up utilized both in the world of natural health as well as pharmaceutical medicine in the upcoming years.
Psoralea corylifolia can be found in central India and in the Eastern parts of Rajasthan, Punjab. Though native to India, Psoralea is a very forgiving plant that grows in many different locations with vastly different types of soil.