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Biokemistri
Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 21, No. 2, 2009, pp. 71-77
Bioline Code: bk09010
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2009, pp. 71-77

 en Alteration of Plasma Lipid Profiles and Atherogenic Indices by Stachytarpheta jamaicensis check for this species in other resources L. (Vahl)
Ikewuchi, Chigozie Jude & Ikewuchi, Chidinma Catherine

Abstract

The effects of Stachytarpheta jamaicensis check for this species in other resources tea on the plasma lipid profile and atherogenic indices were investigated in rabbits. The test group received daily, by intra-gastric gavages, 15mg/kg of aqueous extract. The treatment led to significant decreases (p<0.05) in plasma levels of total, LDL- and VLDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase (p<0.05) in plasma HDL cholesterol level. It also produced significant (p<0.05) decreases in the atherogenic indices; cardiac risk ratio, atherogenic coefficient and atherogenic index of plasma. These results suggest the use of Stachytarpheta jamaicensis tea in the management of dyslipidemia whether primary or secondary to obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and by extension, the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular diseases

Keywords
Coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis

 
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