An isoflavone, the aglycone of daidzin, classified as a phytoestrogen, a plant-derived nonsteroidal compound with oestrogen-like biological activity, also an antioxidant. Mainly found in legumes, such as soybeans and chickpeas. Often used to treat conditions affected by oestrogen levels in the body (e.g. hormone-dependent breast carcinoma, osteoporosis). The average daily intake of isoflavones in Japan is ~200 mg and there is no evidence of adverse effects. See also genistein.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.