BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF ALOE VERA LEAF GEL EXTRACT ON LIPID PROFILE STATUS IN RATS WITH STREPTOZOTOCIN DIABETES
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2006
Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 232–237, March 2006
How to Cite
Rajasekaran, S., Ravi, K., Sivagnanam, K. and Subramanian, S. (2006), BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF ALOE VERA LEAF GEL EXTRACT ON LIPID PROFILE STATUS IN RATS WITH STREPTOZOTOCIN DIABETES. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 33: 232–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1681.2006.04351.x
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2006
- Received 29 April 2005; revision 14 October 2005; accepted 25 October 2005.
- Aloe vera;
- diabetes mellitus;
- lipid profile;
- 1The effect of diabetes mellitus on lipid metabolism is well established. The association of hyperglycaemia with an alteration of lipid parameters presents a major risk for cardiovascular complications in diabetes. Many secondary plant metabolites have been reported to possess lipid-lowering properties. The present study was designed to examine the potential antihyperlipidaemic efficacy of the ethanolic extract from Aloe vera leaf gel in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats.
- 2Oral administration of Aloe vera gel extract at a dose of 300 mg/kg bodyweight per day to STZ-induced diabetic rats for a period of 21 days resulted in a significant reduction in fasting blood glucose, hepatic transaminases (aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase), plasma and tissue (liver and kidney) cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids and phospholipids and a significant improvement in plasma insulin.
- 3In addition, the decreased plasma levels of high-density lipoprotein–cholesterol and increased plasma levels of low-density lipoprotein–and very low-density lipoprotein–cholesterol in diabetic rats were restored to near normal levels following treatment with the extract.
- 4The fatty acid composition of the liver and kidney was analysed by gas chromatography. The altered fatty acid composition in the liver and kidney of diabetic rats was restored following treatment with the extract.
- 5Thus, the results of the present study provide a scientific rationale for the use of Aloe vera as an antidiabetic agent.