"Correlation of Equol Production to Specific Intestinal Bacterial Groups"
Equol is a biologically active molecule that is only produced by one in three people. It is formed by the reduction of daidzein, a biologically inert isoflavone found in soy products. Believed to be responsible for the production of equol are intestinal bacteria capable of metabolizing daizein. A recent study of >100 women determined which gut bacteria the subjects have and whether or not they exhibit the equol producer phenotype. I will attempt to find associations between the equol producer phenotype and intestinal bacteria using data from this study