Abstract Title:

Hypoglycemic effect of ethanolic extract of Musa sapientum on alloxan induced diabetes mellitus in rats and its relation with antioxidant potential.

Abstract Source:

J Nutr. 2010 Aug;140(8):1462-8. Epub 2010 Jun 16. PMID: 16260406

Abstract Author(s):

S P Dhanabal, M Sureshkumar, M Ramanathan, B Suresh

Article Affiliation:

Department of Pharmacognosy, JSS College of Pharmacy, Rocklands, Tamil Nadu, Ooty-643001, India. dhanskanaksahil@rediffmail.com


The antihyperglycemic effect of ethanolic extract of flowers of Musa sapientum (Musaceae), a herb (used in Indian folklore medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus) in alloxan induced diabetic rats. Oral administration of the ethanolic extract showed significant (p<0.001) blood glucose lowering effect at 200 mg/kg in alloxan induced diabetic rats (120 mg/kg, i.p.) and the extract was also found to significantly (p<0.001) scavenge oxygen free radicals, viz., superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and also protein, malondialdehyde and ascorbic acid in vivo. Musa sapientum induced blood sugar reduction may be due to possible inhibition of free radicals and subsequent inhibition of tissue damage induced by alloxan. The antidiabetic activity observed in this plant may be attributed to the presence of flavonoids, alkaloids, steroid and glycoside principles.

Study Type : Animal Study

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