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Studies on Hypoglycemic and Hypocholesterolemic Effects of Mulberry Leaves

Author Affiliations

  • 1Division of Livestock Products Technology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly UP, INDIA
  • 2Department of Foods and Nutrition, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Banasthali Rajesthan, INDIA
  • 3Division of Livestock Products Technology, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly UP, INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 1, Issue (3), Pages 14-17, May,27 (2013)

Abstract

Optimum nutrition is vital for building strong body and mind, promoting health, vigor and vitality. We need to be conscious about the food we are eating. There are many foodstuffs whose excessive intake is detrimental to health. Foods can be regarded as functional foods if they can satisfactorily demonstrate to contain bioactive principles that reduce the risk of diseases or act positively in promoting health. The ancient Indian system of medicine is bound with information regarding plant products having medicinal properties. Mulberry leaves is an important medicinal plant and its leaves have good nutritive value. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder and it has increased in India to a large. There are various plants which have hypoglycemic effects, mulberry is one of them. The objective of the present study was to study the effect of mulberry leaves on type 2 diabetes. Selection of diabetic subjects was done and their nutritional status was assessed by conducting anthropometry to measure height and weight and computing BMI. They were evaluated for biochemical profile in terms of blood sugar and lipid profile. Two products namely Mathri and Biscuits were developed with the incorporation of mulberry leaves in the ratio of 1:10 with wheat flour. Supplementation of these products was done to all the subjects for three months. After three months supplementation, subjects were again evaluated for anthropometry and biochemical parameters. The analysis of results indicated that mulberry leaves have the lowering effects on blood cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI. The study infers that mulberry leaves may be used as a general health enhancer. It has hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic effects. Further, no side effects were observed on feeding for long duration.

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