Influence of a low dose of dietary soybean on bone properties and mineral status in young rats

Biofactors. 2010 Nov-Dec;36(6):451-8. doi: 10.1002/biof.113. Epub 2010 Aug 30.


The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of dietary supplementation with genistein, daidzein stachyose, and raw or cooked soybean on mineral content, optical density, and mechanical properties of bones in growing rats. The experiment was performed on 70 male young Wistar rats (4 weeks old at the start of the experiment) divided into seven groups. Genistein, daidzein, or stachyose were administered by gavage. Raw or cooked soybean was added directly to the diet (1%) The experiment lasted 28 days. Femurs were removed postmortem and kept until analysis at -20°C. Mineral content in bones was determined by atomic absorption flame spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry. Optical density was analyzed with a KODAK 1D 3.5 system. Mechanical properties were tested using INSTRON 4301 equipment. Genistein increased mineral content in bones of growing rats. Biological action of genistein and daidzein on the mineralization of bone tissues in growing rats was different. Addition of stachyose (1.9 mg/day/rat) did not affect bone tissues, nor did the addition of raw or cooked soybean. None of the studied biologically active substances: genistein (0.26 mg/day/rat), daidzein (0.104 mg/day/rat), stachyose (1.9 mg/day/rat), or soybean had an effect on bone optical density.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Density
  • Bone and Bones* / chemistry
  • Diet
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Femoral Fractures / metabolism
  • Genistein / administration & dosage
  • Genistein / metabolism*
  • Glycine max / chemistry*
  • Glycine max / metabolism
  • Isoflavones / administration & dosage
  • Isoflavones / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Minerals / analysis*
  • Oligosaccharides / administration & dosage
  • Oligosaccharides / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Spectrum Analysis


  • Isoflavones
  • Minerals
  • Oligosaccharides
  • stachyose
  • daidzein
  • Genistein