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A study of the digestive stimulant action of select spices in experimental rats.

Kalpana, Platel and Srinivasan, K. (2001) A study of the digestive stimulant action of select spices in experimental rats. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 38 (4). 358-361, 20 ref..

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A few spices, which are commonly employed to improve digestion in traditional systems of medicine were examined for their possible influence on digestive enzymes of pancreas and small intestine in experimental rats. In one set of animals, the spices-ajowan, fennel, coriander, onion, garlic and mint were given through the diet for 8 weeks. In another experiment, the same spices were administered orally as an appropriate single dose to animals. Pancreatic trypsin was significantly stimulated by all the dietary spices examined except mint, while chymotrypsin was stimulated by coriander and onion. These two spices also had a significant stimulating influence on intestinal disaccharidases and alkaline phosphatase. Most of the spices tested in this study showed significant enhancing effect on intestinal enzymes, particularly lipase and amylase, when given as a single oral dose, while similar beneficial effects were not observed on pancreatic enzymes. Among the spices examined, onion produced a pronounced stimulation of a majority of digestive enzymes of pancreas and small intestine. The positive influences on th: pancreatic and intestinal digestive enzymes exerted by spices could contribute to their well recognised digestive stimulant action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spices, Digestive enzymes of pancreas and intestine.
Subjects: 600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 30 Spices/Condiments
600 Technology > 01 Medical sciences > 12 Metabolism
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 09:58
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2011 09:41
URI: http://ir.cftri.res.in/id/eprint/2610

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