Molecules 2012, 17(5), 5915-5923; doi:10.3390/molecules17055915

Tropical Plant Extracts as Potential Antihyperglycemic Agents

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Received: 7 April 2012; in revised form: 28 April 2012 / Accepted: 30 April 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
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Abstract: Preliminary investigations on 14 plant extracts (obtained by ethanolic and aqueous extraction) identified those having high antioxidant and a significant total phenolic content. Antihyperglycemic, a-amylase and a-glucosidase inhibition activities were also observed. A correlation between the antihyperglycemic activity, total phenolic content and antioxidant (DPPH scavenging) activity was established. To further substantiate these findings, the possibility of tannins binding non-specifically to enzymes and thus contributing to the antihyperglycemic activity was also investigated. Our study clearly indicated that the antihyperglycemic activity observed in the plant extracts was indeed not due to non-specific tannin absorption.
Keywords: type 2 diabetes mellitus; a-glucosidase; a-amylase; antioxidant; total phenolic content
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Manaharan, T.; Palanisamy, U.D.; Ming, C.H. Tropical Plant Extracts as Potential Antihyperglycemic Agents. Molecules 2012, 17, 5915-5923.

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Manaharan T, Palanisamy UD, Ming CH. Tropical Plant Extracts as Potential Antihyperglycemic Agents. Molecules. 2012; 17(5):5915-5923.

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Manaharan, Thamilvaani; Palanisamy, Uma Devi; Ming, Cheng Hwee. 2012. "Tropical Plant Extracts as Potential Antihyperglycemic Agents." Molecules 17, no. 5: 5915-5923.

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