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Hypoglycemic Potential of Banana Leaves (Musa paradisiaca) in Albino Rats

Maria Patricia Silvestre 1 and Liwayway H. Acero 2
1. San Beda College, Manila, Philippines
2. Department of Natural Sciences, San Beda College, Manila, Philippines
Abstract—Banana is one of the staple fruit in the Philippines. It is a part of the major diet among Filipinos. It is grown principally for its fruit. However, the leaves are often used in the Philippines as wrapper for packed food. The medicinal use of the leaves was still unknown to many Filipinos, thus this study focuses on the potential of banana leaves in lowering blood sugar. Banana leaves were dried and turned into powder form in Albino rats. Twelve Albino rats served as experimental animals. They are randomly assigned in two groups. The first group, or treatment 1, (6 animals) as the control wherein they only fed with rat pellets and drinking water. The second group-treatment 2 served as the experimental animals where banana leaves solution was administered orally for the entire duration of the study. Initial fasting blood sugar of both treatments showed no significant result. Fasting blood sugar after three and four days of administration of the solution showed significant result. The result revealed that banana leaves has the potential for lowering blood glucose in Albino Rats. This implies that banana leaves can be used as herbal medicine to lower blood glucose.
 
Index Terms—musa, paradisiaca, hypoglycemic potential, banana

Cite: Maria Patricia Silvestre and Liwayway H. Acero, "Hypoglycemic Potential of Banana Leaves (Musa paradisiaca) in Albino Rats," International Journal of Food Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 71-74, June 2016. doi: 10.18178/ijfe.2.1.71-74
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