Hypoglycaemic Activity of Extra Virgin Avocado (Persea americana) Oil and Extra Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil on Alloxan-induced Diabetic Rats
Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research,
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic, metabolic disorder characterized by abnormal elevation of blood glucose levels (hyperglycaemia). Despite significant milestones achieved using conventional drugs in managing the disease, there are some drawbacks associated with their use such as drug resistance, adverse drug effects, high cost, and sometimes outright therapeutic failure. The urgent need to bridge this therapeutic lacuna calls for further exploration and investigation of other treatment options. This study therefore aims at evaluating the antidiabetic potentials of virgin avocado oil and virgin coconut oil in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Animals were divided into 5 groups of five rats each. Group 1 (negative control) received 10 ml /kg/day of normal saline, group 2 (diabetic control) -10 ml/kg/day of normal saline; group 3 received extra virgin avocado oil (1 ml/250 g) body weight, group 4 received extra virgin coconut oil (2 ml/kg) bodyweight, and group 5 received 10 mg/kg/day of metformin. Treatments were administered orally for 15 days. Extra virgin avocado oil and extra virgin coconut oil respectively showed significant antidiabetic activities, and may be beneficial for management of diabetes mellitus.
- Avocado oil
- coconut oil
- extra virgin
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