Soybean may be a promising ingredient for regulating UVB-induced inflammatory damage to the skin. We investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of diets supplemented with fermented soybean on UVB-induced skin photodamage and the effectiveness of soybean (S) and fermented soybean (FS) dietary supplementation. To investigate the effects of two major isoflavones-daidzein and genistein-from FS, we used cocultures with keratinocytes and fibroblasts. Genistein treatment strongly inhibited the production of IL-6 and MAPK signaling. Forty hairless male mice divided into four groups were fed with a control diet (group N: normal, group C; +UVB) or diets with 2.5% S+UVB or 2.5% FS+UVB (group S, group FS) for 8 weeks. Macrophage infiltration to the dermis was reduced more in groups S and FS than in group C. The expression levels of iNOS and COX-2 were significantly decreased in group FS (by 7.7% ± 0.4% and 21.2% ± 0.3%, respectively [p < 0.05]).
Keywords: dietary supplementation; fermented soybean; skin inflammation; soybean; ultraviolet B (UVB).