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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 2, No. 1, 1999, pp. 13-17
Bioline Code: md99003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1999, pp. 13-17

 en SWEET POTATO ( Ipomea batatas check for this species in other resources ) TUBER - POTENTIAL ORAL ANTI-DIABETIC AGENT


Diabetes is one of the ailments that traditional healers had claimed cure capabilities by the use of some medicinal plants. Sweet potato ( Ipomea batatas check for this species in other resources ) is one of such plants in which much claims had been made. However, this claim has not previously been scientifically validated and experimentally assessed.

In this investigation, alcoholic extract of sweet potato was investigated for its oral anti- diabetic activity. This attempt was supported by a phytochemical study of the extract which revealed the presence of glucosides, glucosinolates, and alkaloids. Results obtained from the investigation showed alcoholic extract of sweet potato to exhibit potent oral anti-diabetic property. The activity was comparatively higher than that of diabenese - standard drug in use presently in clinics for treating diabetes. The mechanism of action and the active principle of that extract was discussed.

Anti-diabetic, properties, Sweet potato (Ipomea batatas), Alcoholic extract.

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