Lipid Lowering Effect

Ha et al. (9) investigated the lipid-lowering effect of C. tora ethanol extacts in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet. Rats were fed either normal diets or diets high in cholesterol (10 g/kg diet), supplemented with C. tora ethanolic extract (0, 0.25, or 0.5%) for 4 weeks. Liver triglyceride and cholesterol contents were raised in the high-cholesterol groups and were significantly reduced in the groups fed C. tora. Serum levels of HDL cholesterol were slightly increased by consumption of C. tora. The results showed that ethanol extracts of C. tora may exert a lipid-lowering effect in rats fed high-cholesterol diets. Furthermore, Choi et al. (10) indicated that ethanol-treated rats fed with 200 or 400 mg/kg body wt./day Cassia ethanolic extract had a hypolipemic effect compared with rats treated with ethanol alone.

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